M’sia’s visa liberalisation programme boosts Chinese tourist arrivals

Tiong (fourth left) and others extending CNY greetings.

By William Isau

SIBU, Feb 12: The visa liberalisation programme has resulted in a big jump in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia.

“In December alone, there was a 35 per cent increase in Chinese tourists. Yesterday (Sunday) the flight from Shenyang (to Kuala Lumpur) was full capacity with 276 passengers,” said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Dato Sri Tiong King Sing.

Speaking to reporters at his Chinese New Year open house at Pulau Li Hua Commercial Centre today, Tiong attributed the surge in the number of Chinese tourists to the implementation of the visa liberalisation programme.

“It proves that the visa liberalisation programme gives a lot of convenience to both sides,” he stressed.

On the visitors of all races at his open house, Tiong, who is also Dudong assemblyman, said it reflected Sarawak’s strong unity and harmony.

More than 10,000 people attended the open house. Among them were Deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Alice Lau and Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau. — DayakDaily