Visa waiver for China tourists: Decision on Wednesday

Officially open: Nazri (third from left) launching the Quill City Mall together with (from left) Ahmad Phesal, Ong and Dr Low at Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government will make a final decision on the proposal to waive visa requirement for Chinese tourists on Wednesday.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said discussions on the visa waiver thus far have been positively received by the Cabinet.

"During the Cabinet meeting on Friday, we discussed the memorandum and I can say that the move to waive visa for people of the republic has been well received.

"The final decision will be made this Wednesday," he said adding that the move will bring an increase of Chinese visitors to Malaysia.

Nazri said this after the grand launch of Quill City Mall near here, yesterday.

On a separate matter, Nazri said the ministry was making plans to visit tourist attractions in flood hit areas of the east coast to gauge the damage and provide financial support to restore the sites.

"Once the flood has cleared, we will go down to audit the damage at the tourist spots so that we can channel funds to help repair and restore these sites.

"Gunung Tahan park's facilities for instance suffered much damage due to the floods," he added.

Nazri said it might take several months for the refurbishment efforts to be fully implemented and the sites fully restored.

"We will work closely with the state governments and provide financial help to fix all the damaged infrastructure," he said.

Boasting 777,000 square feet (72.18 sq m) of nett retail space and direct linkage to Medan Tuanku Monorail station, Nazri said the Quill City Mall on Jalan Sultan Ismail would not only add another dimension of excitement in Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle but also contribute in developing the country's shopping scene.

Also present at the launch was Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, Quill Group of Companies group executive director Datuk Michael Ong and group managing director Datuk Dr Jennifer Low.

"The opening of Quill City Mall can contribute towards achieving the Tourism National Key Economic Area target of raking in RM168bil (S$62.6bil) in receipts and 36 million international tourists by the year 2020," said Nazri.