Received message about MFA opening new "consular office" at JB's City Square? It's fake

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Several Stompers alerted Stomp to a circulated text informing them that a new consular office had opened at City Square in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The text, which claims to be from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), states that the purpose of the new consular office is to attend to Singaporeans who face problems in Johor Bahru, and that there is no longer a need to go to Kuala Lumpur for passport replacement in the future.

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The message read: "Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a consular office at City Square (35th level), JB. 

"The purpose is to attend to Singaporeans who have problems at Johor. Do keep the contact for emergency use. 

"The working staff are Singaporeans too. For your information (FYI), they also operate on a 24-hour basis.

"If you lose your passport in future, you need not go to Kuala Lumpur (KL) for the replacement."

Accompanying the message were several contact details of an "MFA Duty Office", as well as a "Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru".

However, MFA posted an announcement on its Facebook page, informing the public that this message was not sent out by them.

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MFA is aware of a SMS/WhatsApp message regarding "a consular office at City Square, JB". MFA would like to clarify that...

Posted by Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, 21 June 2018

It said that MFA is aware of this incident and would like to clarify that this message was not sent out by their officers, and that the Consulate-General in Johor Bahru has been open since Nov 2009, during normal working hours.

MFA also added that Singaporeans in Johor in need of consular assistance can contact the Consulate-General in Johor Bahru at +60-7-226-5012, or the MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.