Thursday, January 04, 2007

Smoother Immigration with 1300 personnel Deployed for VMY2007

More staff for entry points

PUTRAJAYA: Tourists and visitors can look forward to smoother immigration clearance, when 1,300 personnel are despatched to entry points in the country as part of efforts to ensure the success of Visit Malaysia 2007.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the majority of the immigration officers would be assigned to KLIA, the Causeway in Johor Baru and the Penang International Airport.

He told reporters after chairing his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting that the personnel would be deployed in batches as they had to undergo several months' training to ensure they were “efficient, friendly and smiling all the time.”

“These entry points need the additional staff the most as the flow of visitors is heavy at times,” he said, adding that there were 152 entry points nationwide.

“To ensure that a tourist's first experience in Malaysia is pleasant, we have decided to get more personnel to be on duty at these places so that all counters can be opened, especially during peak hours.

“My ministry understands the importance of the VM 2007 programme and we will do all we can to help ensure its success.”

Meanwhile, the Le Tour De Langkawi (LTDL), which will be the curtain raiser for sports events for VM 2007, will see some 1.5 billion people tuning in to watch Malaysia’s beauty, as major international television networks will carry daily coverage of the race.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the race organisers had secured deals with ESPN Starsports, SNTV and other leading networks.

He launched the official website of the cycling race,, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

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