‘Our licence valid in Maldives’


Joint benefits: Dr Wee and Aishath showing the mutual recognition documents that Malaysia signed with Maldives in Putrajaya.

PETALING JAYA: There will be mutual recognition of domestic driving licences in Malaysia and the Republic of Maldives from next month, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said the mutual recognition between both countries would commence on Sept 12.

In a post on his official Facebook page yesterday, Dr Wee said this was the first bilateral Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Malaysia had with a foreign country.

“Through this MRA, citizens of both countries can continue to use their respective domestic driver’s licences and drive motor vehicles permitted in their respective regions without having to go through the process of obtaining a local driver’s licence or making any changes to their existing driver’s licence.

“This MRA will facilitate all citizens of both countries who can then ultimately contribute to the development of the social and economic sectors of both Malaysia and the Republic of Maldives,” he said.

He thanked his counterpart from Maldives Aishath Nahula.

The Maldives Transport and Civil Aviation Minister had co-signed the MRA with Dr Wee at his ministry yesterday.

“I am pleased to welcome Aishath and her delegation together with Maldives Minister of State for Transport and Civil Aviation Ahmed Zuhair, Deputy High Commissioner of Maldives to Malaysia Mariyam Mizna Shareef.

“Following the signing, we hosted a reception for them at a restaurant in Putrajaya,” he said.

Dr Wee added that he looked forward to having more collaborative arrangements in transport with Maldives.

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