30 December 2020
The government is in the midst of improving the process in order to expedite and smoothen the approval process for business travellers who make short trips to Malaysia for investment purposes. However, they will be subject to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).
To eliminate red tape and bureaucracy, the government has set up a One-Stop Center (OSC) to facilitate a speedy approval process.
The OSC — a quadripartite initiative by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Immigration Department and Ministry of Health — has been operational since October. The center is tasked to assess and approve applications from long-term business travellers (those planning to be in the country for more than two weeks) and short-term travellers (those planning to visit for two weeks or less).
When contacted, Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, the Prime Minister’s Senior Adviser on Public Health, explained that such an initiative is aimed at assuring continued inflow of foreign investments when the country is battling with the pandemic.
She stressed that it does not mean there would be arrival of a massive number of foreign visitors to the country.