By Nizam Zain
PUTRAJAYA – The issuance of tourist visa to the foreign tourists are still taking place as usual despite the company handling the online Foreign Visa System (VLN) is implicated for bribing a former minister.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the process of issuing travel documents cannot be halted as Malaysia is being visited by many foreign tourists daily, especially from China.
“As of today, the process of issuing visa is still ongoing. We cannot stop the issuance as tourists and visitors come to our country every day.
“We have yet to determine the status of the company managing the system as there are ongoing case and investigations. Meanwhile, we have yet to get a replacement (new company) to manage the visa.
“Tourists from China come in large numbers, so, as the case is still ongoing, we will allow the company to manage the VLN. At the meantime, the Immigration Department has taken appropriate actions,” he said when met during the Aidilfitri celebration at the Immigration Department today.
Last Monday, former Deputy Prime Minister who was also the former Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was called up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give his statements on a private company which handles the entry of tourists from China.
The company was given the exclusive rights from the Home Ministry in 2016 to handle online VLN, including eNTRI and eVISA for Chinese tourists to Malaysia.
The company has collected more than RMB329,337,280 (RM198,066,952) since eENTRI was introduced in March 2016 to September 2018 for the approval of 2,058,358 tourists.
However, the security screening process was very weak and it even granted an entry approval to a monkey with fake identity with details from a blacklisted passport.
The company was also given the rights to collect a fee of RMB160 or RM100 per approval, with none of the revenue going to the government. -MalaysiaGazette