For those PRCs are interested to get a driving license to drive in Malaysia, please read on. The process was amazingly so tedious and lots of red tape and sometimes I feel it is even more complicated than applying for the LTSVP.
There are 2 options for a PRC. If there are more options, do let me know because I only know 2. As per my research, China does not issue International License. So, if you know a PRC who has an International License from China, it's probably a fake. Again, I could be wrong but that's what I found from Google.
First option - Have good understand of English and go and take the road transport exam, like any Malaysian. Book yourself at a Driving School. First you need to pass the Undang-Undang, which is now offered in both BM and English and it's computerised objective questions. Then once that is done and you passed, you will have to do a practical on-the-road lessons for 12 hours. Then there's the slope test, parking and 3-point-turn that you will need to practise on. On the day of the exam, you will have to drive with the JPJ test examiner chosen route and do the slope test, parking test and 3-point-turn test. Once you have passed everything, then you will get your P license (like in a month of so) which permit you to drive on Malaysian road with a passenger next to you (or something like that).
Step 1: Go to China and get your legal driving license from there. I am saying legal because there are many illegal license being sold in China (which is one reason why so much of red tape involved to get it converted). Bear in mind, the road test in China is much more stringent and complicated than the one in Malaysia. But if your command of English and BM is very poor, then this is probably the better option for you.
Step 2: Once you have obtained your China license, you can't drive in Malaysia yet (unless you intend to drive illegally, which I strongly do not encourage or recommend - will explain in Part 2). You need to convert your China license to Malaysian license. And here begins the complication. As per JPJ website, we just need to get it translated and endorsement from embassy of country. But it's not as simple as you think.
Step 3 - VERY IMPORTANT STEP: Before you leave China, please get your China driving license notarize by the following department in China:
a) Notary Public - Authentication
b) Foreign Office / Foreign Affair - Endorsement
c) Malaysia Embassy in China - Endorsement
This is where all the red tape starts. When husband got his driving license in China, we thought we can just come to Malaysia, get it translated, get it endorsed at the China Embassy in Malaysia and go to JPJ and apply for the license. Nope, that's not the case.
When we went to the China Embassy in Malaysia, we were given this little slip:
And we were told to go to China and do it as the China Embassy in Malaysia doesn't have do such notarization. Oh well. That means the RM150 that I paid for translation was for nothing and now have to buy an air ticket for him to go back to China. Bummer.
Step 4: So husband went back to China and went to the 3 places mentioned in Step 3. Each authentication and notarization takes about 10 working days. Yes, that is almost like a month to get it done for all 3 places. If you cannot stay so long in China, then you have to ask someone to help you to do it on your behalf. First ask the offices if that is allowed (because it depends location to location, China is HUGE, remember). The last office, which is the Malaysia Embassy in China agreed to courier the document back to husband's local house address when it's done. Then a family member couriered the document to us in Malaysia (because the air ticket was already booked and husband have to return to Malaysia before that). The end result is, they made a very nice A4 book with the translation done by them and all the respective offices endorsement at the back. Very neat.
Step 5: This will be continued in Part 2. Looks like we need to make a trip to Malaysia Foreign Affair in Putrajaya to get their endorsement before heading to JPJ.
Note: I have disabled comments as I do not wish to answer where are the offices located in China. Ours were done in Foshan and Guangzhou. Please check with your local China offices to confirm.