(Kuala Kangsar 11 Feb) Mandarin speaking staff will be stationed at immigration counters in airport as 300,000 of tourists from China are visiting Malaysia during Chinese New Year, says Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz.
This is to ensure that the tourists would be passing through screening without a glitch. Immigration Department does not only send Mandarin speaking staff to station at major airport but also a simplified clearance at Causeway and Second Link.
He said custom checkpoints at Causeway and Second Link would also simplify screening procedures to ensure speedy clearance for tourists.
The sharp increase of tourists from China is due to the scenic tourism destinations and hospitality of Malaysians. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang also promised more tourists from China to visit Malaysia when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak visited China last May.
The number of tourists from China is expected to hit 3 million this year.
After officiating the training for ballot centres at Padang Renggas, Nazri said Malaysian Embassy in China has issued more than 300,000 visas for Chinese tourists last month.
Mandarin speaking officers are stationed at immigration counters at KL International Airport, KL International Airport II, Senai Airport and Langkawi Airport to assist tourists from China.
“The authorities would be issuing multiple entry visas to tourists from Singapore to ensure that they have smooth clearance at checkpoints in Causeway and Second Link. The authorities have simplified procedure to ensure tourists only subject to one-time screening.”
Police would also be stationed at tourism hotspots to ensure safety, said Nazri. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid would be launching tourism police soon for tourists to have peace of mind, he said.