DEATH OF MALAYSIAN ABROAD
IMPORTANT NOTE: The death of Malaysian in these 17 US States must be reported to the National Registration Department and the Consulate General of Malaysia. The 17 States are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Report of Death
Death of Malaysian in a foreign country must be reported to the National Registration Department (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara). Further information could be obtained from this link:
When a Malaysian dies abroad (in States under the jurisdiction of the Consulate), the Consulate will provide assistance to relative or next of kin (NOK). The Consulate and Consular Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will attempt to locate and inform the relative or NOK in Malaysia regarding the death.
However, if relative or NOK has the information regarding the death of Malaysian abroad (in States under the jurisdiction of the Consulate) the relative or NOK is advised to contact Consular Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate for the appropriate advice and information.
The Consulate will provide information on how to make arrangements for local burials based on the requirements by relative or NOK. The disposition of remains for local burial is subject to US and State law. Arrangements for local burial must be done through local funeral house. All financial implications involved must be borned by the relative or NOK.
Repatriation of Remains
The Consulate will provide information on how to make arrangements for repatriation of remains back to Malaysia based on requirements by relative or NOK. The disposition of remains for repatriation is subject to US law, State law, Health and Customs (Malaysian & US) requirements. Arrangements for repatriation of remains back to Malaysia must be done through local funeral house. All financial implications involved must be borned by the relative or NOK.
The Consulate will issue a letter to facilitate arrangement for the repatriation of remains back to Malaysia. For the issuance of such letter, the following documents must be provided to the Consulate:
- Death Certificate / Death Transcript;
- Cremation Certificate / Permit to Dispose / Permit to transport Human Remains;
- Letter from the funeral house with information on the Malaysian Funeral House that will receive and manage the remain of the deceased in Malaysia;
- Malaysian passport of the deceased;
- Malaysian passport of the relative or next of kin who will be accompanying the remain of the deceased (if applicable);
- Confirmed airline ticket of the relative or next of kin; and
- Airway bill number.
Documents in items i, ii and iii, are obtained from the local funeral house that was appointed to manage the remains (body or the ashes) of the deceased.
Documents in item v and vi, are applicable, should the relative or NOK decides to accompany the remains (body or ashes) back to Malaysia. All arrangements pertaining to application of American visa should be handled directly by the relative or NOK. The Consulate is in no position to provide any supporting letter for this purpose.
Personal Effects / Estates of the Deceased
If no representative is available, the Consulate will assist in arranging for the disposition of the deceased’s personal effect as per instruction from the relative or NOK. The Consulate may also act as provisional conservator of the deceased’s personal effect.
The responsibilities of the provisional conservator include taking possession of, inventorying, and appraising personal effects. The Consulate may also pay local debts (such as hospital and hotel bills) from funds available in the estate, or from funds received from the legal representative, and may assist in shipping the effects to the person entitled to receive them.
The Consulate is not able to pay for any expenses related to the personal effects of a deceased private Malaysian citizen.
As a provisional conservator, the Consulate may take possession of:
- Convertible assets, such as money
- Personal documents
The Consulate cannot:
- Withdraw funds from a bank or cash travellers’ cheque
- Incur expenses to have the items shipped or safeguarded
- Take possession of large, bulky items
A legal representative for the personal estate may be:
- An executor appointed in a will, to whom letters testamentary are issued;
- An administrator appointed in intestate proceedings;
- An agent of the executor or administrator, qualifying by power of attorney;
- A surviving spouse;
- A child of legal age;
- A parent;
- A sibling; or
- Next of kin
Shipment of Personal Effects
After the personal effects are inventoried and proof entitlement is provided, the Consulate may assist with returning the effects to Malaysia if the claimant wishes. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the claimant.
Please contact the Consulate for further clarification.
Consulate General of Malaysia
313 East 43rd Street
10017 New York, NY
Tel: +1 212 490 2723 extension 109
Fax: +1 212 490 2049
Duty officer: + 1 646 744 9097 (After office hours & weekends)