Envoy confident that more visitors from China will flock to Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN - The visa relaxation rules for Chinese tourists will bring in more tourists to Malaysia, said Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang.

Commenting on the relationship between Malaysia and China, Dr Huang said both countries had historical, cultural, traditional and blood ties which have surpassed many centuries.

"I am promoting Penang aggressively to Chinese businessmen and Chinese manufacturing companies to be major investors in the state in the near future," he said after making a visit to the Penang Chinese Chambers of Commerce yesterday.

Dr Huang also said the Chinese consul-general office here would be operational by the end of the year to facilitate visa requirements for Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

He said Air China Ltd would resume its Beijing-Kuala Lumpur direct flight from now onwards while Malindo Air would also start its Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Hainan route next month.

He added that another airline in China was also planning to launch a direct flight from Hainan to a destination in Malaysia.

On Friday, Dr Huang also tried out the famous cendol stall in Lebuh Keng Kwee after attending the opening of a solar factory on the mainland.

He walked to the stall with his wife Zhao Shumei from his hotel to savour the signature delicacy.

"The cendol tastes the same as the one from my hometown of Zhe Jiang. Although I've been to Penang several times, this was my first visit to the cendol stall," he said.