2nd NOVEMBER 2022



1.1 The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information to all higher education institutions on the revised guidelines related to passport collections from EMGS. 


1.2. EMGS has seen an increase in the number of passports pending to be collected by higher education institutions.


1.3. In addition to this, we have also received feedback and complaints from international students that their passports are not being collected on time by their institutions despite being ready for collection from EMGS.



 2.1. Beginning 9th November 2022, EMGS will be returning all passports that are ready for collection when the registered institute representative visits the EMGS One-Stop Centre. Higher education institutions will not be able to collect the individual passports of respective student.


2.2. With this process in place, EMGS will stop issuing the physical hardcopy passport acknowledgment forms when receiving passports. Representatives will also no longer be required to handover this acknowledgement form when collecting passports back from EMGS. 


 2.3. We are enhancing the STARS system to allow higher education institutions to generate and view a digital acknowledgment via the EMGS STARS system once a passport has been submitted to EMGS. Higher education institutions can then provide a copy to their students whilst EMGS retains their passport for endorsement.


2.4. The digital acknowledgment contains personal details of the applicants including their Education Institution and the passport submission date to EMGS. The digital acknowledgment can only be downloaded as a PDF from STARS (My Account > My Applications > (Open the application by clicking on the application number) > Print EMGS Passport Acknowledgment Form) once EMGS has received the student’s passport.


2.5. EMGS would like to reiterate that it is imperative for the institutions to return passports back to their respective student upon collecting it from EMGS without undue delays.


Education Malaysia Global Services

2nd November 2022

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.