KUALA LUMPUR: Some 23 million Chinese officials with general public official passports can now enter Malaysia visa-free, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said this had been approved by the Cabinet.
Earlier, there were two types of passports held by Chinese officials that were visa-free - foreign affairs and public official passports, held by some three million Chinese officials.
"This move will forge good relations between the two nations," said Liow at the MCA media night 2015 at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Liow also said social media could help to develop the nation but must be used in a responsible way to spread the right news.
"As Malaysia goes through the transformation phase and the younger generation grows with technology, news can reach across the globe within minutes," he said.
"It is important to communicate effectively as the media has grown in leaps and bounds, spreading not rumours but the right news."
Liow also emphasised that the party would try to solve the problems faced by the Chinese community.
He expressed appreciation to all from the media who have helped to disseminate information.
Despite the bad traffic due to the rain, many media personnel attended the event last night.
Among those who attended the event were MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and vice-presidents Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and Datuk Chua Tee Yong as well as Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.