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Our early story…

 

March 1982 marked another new beginning for bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United States when the US Department of State agreed on the establishment of the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Los Angeles (CGMLA).  This means, Malaysians living in the west coast will no longer have to travel to our missions in New York or Washington DC to receive their consular services. Initially, the CGMLA covered the California state before expanding its areas of coverage to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming by November 1982.

 

His Excellency Tan Sri Zain Azraai Zainal Abidin, Malaysian Ambassador to the United States (1979-1982) hosted a reception on 3 June 1982 to mark the official opening of the Consulate, though it had been operational albeit in a limited capacity since 9 March 1982.

 

The first office was housed at Suite 562, World Trade Centre, 350 South Figueora Street before moving to its current location at the 777 South Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles. With exception to Tourism Malaysia, other Malaysian agencies namely the Malaysian Students Department (MSD-now known as Education Malaysia), Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) have been sharing the office floor together with the CGMLA.

 

To date, the CGMLA has witnessed a change of thirteen Consuls-General, and is currently headed by Mr. Devrin Jeck who assumed the position since 28 December 2017 following the completion of his assignment in Helsinki, Finland.

 

Having been present here in Los Angeles for almost four decades, the CGMLA is one of the ninety plus foreign missions in existence to date, making Los Angeles the third city in the world to have the largest diplomatic/consular corps after Washington DC and New York.

 

In addition to the Consul-General, Malaysia also has two Honorary-Consuls in Hawaii and Portland, which also provides consular assistance to Malaysians in the region, although in a rather limited capacity.  Honorary-consul usually serves on voluntary basis.

 

A consulate-general office is headed by a consul-general and he/she can be assisted by several consuls and vice-consuls depending on the agreed roles and functions of a consulate-general.  The role and functions of a consulate-general is similar to that of an Embassy/High Commission but limited to consular and economic matters such as trade and investment.

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