Tuesday, April 24, 2007

20,000 Tourists abusing Visa Facility to Malaysia

MORE than 20,000 tourists have gone “missing” after entering the country via the visa-on-arrival (VOA) facility introduced by the Government last year to promote Visit Malaysia 2007, Berita Harian reported.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the tourists, mainly from China, India and Africa, were found to have violated their one-month stay period.

“We are not dismissing the possibility that they could have abused their VOA for other purposes, including working illegally in the country.

“Efforts to hunt down these people are being carried out by Immigration officers together with the help of Rela and the police,” he was quoting as saying.

However, Radzi said the ministry was not planning to abolish the VOA facility, as its benefits in promoting VM2007 were evident.

> Utusan Malaysia reported that at least 5.4 million out of 27 million Malaysians had early symptoms of diabetes.

Malaysian Diabetic Association president Prof Dr Ikram Shah Ismail said the alarming figure could escalate if Malaysians did not start taking notice of their lifestyles.

“Unhealthy lifestyles have been reported to be the main factor for diabetes, infecting even children as young as 15. The actual number of patients is more than reported, as many are still unaware or reluctant to be examined for the condition,” he added.

He said the situation was quite bad, pointing out that at least 2.8 million Malaysians were diabetic patients.

Source : STAR
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