Malaysia considers E-Visa for Chinese Travelers
nsnbc : Malaysia considers implementing an e-visa system for Chinese nationals who visit the country. The e-visa initiative will be discussed during Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s working visit, from today till Feb 4.
Ahmad Zahid is expected to arrive in the capital at 10pm today and this will be his first working visit to China as the Deputy Prime Minister, reported Malaysia’s Ambassador to China Datuk Zainuddin Yahya. The ambassador told the press that:
“The purpose of the visit is to call on the leaders of China and hold meetings with his Chinese counterpart, Minister of Public Security, Gou Shengkun to discuss on the e-visa implementation”.
Easing visa restrictions have been discussed for a while. During the recent Budget 2016 recalibration session, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that tourists from China would not require a visa to visit Malaysia between March 1 and Dec 31 this year.
The Deputy PM leads a delegation of several other Malaysian officials including Malaysian the Home Minister who will hold meetings with Central Political and Legal Affairs Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Meng Jiangzhu.
Deputy PM is also expected to discuss and exchange views bilateral ties between Malaysia and China as well as on a range of regional and global issues. The agenda also includes an exchange of views on counter-terrorism and initiatives aimed at mitigating radicalization and politically motivated violence.
Chinese tourists and travelers are a considerable source of revenue for Malaysia. The country reportedly aims at drawing eight million tourists from China annually over the next five years with RM22.1 billion spending power, compared to the 1.3 million Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia annually.
in 2010 there were about 6.9 million people in Malaysia who were identifying themselves as Chinese or of Chinese cultural and ethnic background. Malaysia has the world’s largest Chinese community outside China, followed by Thailand.
F/AK – nsnbc 01.02.2016