Pet owners in Malaysia take note, as the government has shared plans to make it compulsory for owners to acquire passports for their animals.

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According to The Star, the announcement was made by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, who said that the document would provide for a complete data collection of pets to help contain viral diseases and assist in tracking down missing pets.

Pet owners can obtain the pet passport on a voluntary basis from veterinary hospitals and registered private veterinary clinics. Registration is open to all types of pets, although the department is currently focusing on dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.

The price of registering will be RM7 for dogs, cats and rabbits and RM9 for horses. This does not include the microchip, physical examination, photo or other service costs. For more details, head over to the official site