Malaysia to open more visa centres in India, says PM Najib
More visa centres will be opened in India to increase the number of visitors to Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has said.
He insisted said Malaysia wanted to make the issuance of visas in India easier.
"There are now five centres, and we hope to have more in the smaller cities. The smaller cities are not all that small. They are just small in the Indian context, but (to us) they are huge by any stretch of the imagination," The Star quoted Najib, as saying.
"I will bring it up and the appropriate agencies will take action to expand the number of visa centres in India," he added.
According to the report, the five visa centres in India are currently located in New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Calcutta.
Malaysian companies were urged to tap into the emerging middle-class in India once the services and investments sectors between Asean and India were liberalized, the report said.
Najib said India was enjoying fast economic growth, and had the potential to develop at a faster rate, it added.
"The emergence of the middle-class in India with high purchasing power is a big market for us, particularly in the areas of tourism, education and medical tourism," he said.