PUTRAJAYA, Jan 20 – Following the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the nation’s economy, the Home Ministry has voiced its full support to the strategies to be undertaken by the government. Its Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it supported the implementation of free visas to tourists from China.
This was announced as a bid to promote tourism to increase in flow of revenue in terms of tourist dollars. “Visas will not be implemented in several segments of the market. “This is because we know the number of tourists from China has fallen,” Ahmad Zahid said when met after Najib’s special announcement at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here today.
However, he noted the seriousness of upholding national security in the implementation of this new strategy. “Visas are still applicable to ensure national security, and for us to welcome tourists, we cannot compromise on this aspect,” the Bagan Datoh Member of Parliament said.
Ahmad Zahid added the implementation of this strategy could take place before Chinese New Year as suggested by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. “The Cabinet will decide when to implement the no visa or free visa strategy. “I think it can be done before Chinese New Year. We will decide at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow.”