An agreement has been reached to implement e-visas for Sri Lankan tourists visiting Malaysia and this is expected to be finalised in November, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, speaking to Malaysian journalists on tour with him to Sri Lanka, said he hoped the matter could be finalised when Malaysia attends an international meeting in Sri Lanka in November.

"Although we have had a soft launch of the e-Visa system, we hope to finalise its implementation in November when either the Prime Minister or I will be attending an international Islamic conference in Sri Lanka," he told Bernama news agency at the end of a two-day working visit to this South Asian country, in Colombo on Friday.
It was at a news briefing earlier this year by a visiting Malaysian tourism delegation to encourage more arrivals from Sri Lanka that the Sunday Times raised the issue of a complicated and complex visa process for Sri Lankans visiting Malaysia. "How could you encourage more Sri Lankans to visit Malaysia when the visa process is so cumbersome and unwelcome," a Sunday Times reporter present asked the officials at the briefing. As more questions from the media arose, the officials then agreed to review the visa process.
The visiting Deputy PM told Bernama that the number of Sri Lankan tourists to Malaysia had reduced and they wanted to reverse this trend and encourage more Sri Lankan tourists to visit the country Tourism Malaysia could increase awareness on tourist attractions and activities available in Malaysia through aggressive promotions and advertising.
On cooperation in tackling terrorism, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had offered Sri Lanka to send its officials from enforcement agencies for training in Malaysia.
On the possibility of foreign countries like Sri Lanka having the perception that crime was increasing in Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid told Bernama that since 2014, the crime rate was reduced by between 45 to 50 per cent.
This he said was due to the various programmes including enforcement activities conducted, but sadly when the crime rate decreased, the people's perception did not change.
Speaking on the demand for Sri Lankan workers in Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid said among others the government needed to examine existing rules as well as consider the workers' qualifications from this country.

Malaysia Airlines has launched a seat sale, with savings of up to 30% off flights to Southeast Asia and Australasia, via the route between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur on the A380 Superjumbo.
Seats are now on sale at or via local travel agents, for travel up to 31 March 2017, including the Christmas/New Year holidays. Promotional prices include: Kuala Lumpur: £499; Langkawi: £519; Penang: £519.00; Kota Kinabalu, Borneo: £509; Kuching, Borneo: £509; Bali: £509; Phuket: £499; Sydney: £669; Melbourne: £669; Auckland: £759.
Paul Simmons, Malaysia Airlines chief commercial officer said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer passengers affordable flights to Southeast Asia and Australasia via our London Heathrow – Kuala Lumpur route. Whether it’s a beach break, active adventure or city escape, Malaysia Airlines has something for everyone.”

Bali, Phuket or Shanghai for your next trip? Try Perak instead. That’s right, Ipoh has made it to Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations in Asia.
The world’s leading travel media company today announced its inaugural Best in Asia list that highlights the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit over the next 12 months.
Ipoh made the cut at sixth spot with Lonely Planet saying that “Malaysia’s lesser-known food capital has a new flair thanks to a crop of boutique cafes that have sprung up in its historic quarter.”
Topping the list is Japan’s Hokkaido with China’s Shanghai and South Korea’s Jeonju rounding up the top three.
“In compiling our Best in Asia 2016 list, our Asia-expert authors have explored the continent’s most electrifying cities, trekked through steaming jungles and even swum in bountiful seas to seek out the spots you simply cannot afford to miss,” said Lonely Planet Asia-Pacific spokesperson Chris Zeiher.
“The result is a varied hit list of classic destinations offering a fresh twist for travellers, regions packed full of action, and edge-of-the-map places you may never have heard of,” he added.
In fourth place is the Con Dao Islands in Vietnam, followed by Hong Kong. Pemuteran in Indonesia was listed as the seventh top destination with Thailand’s Trang Islands, India’s Meghalaya, and Taiwan’s Taitung finishing off the list.  
For details on the destinations that made it to list, click here. You’ll also find details there that could even win a holiday for two to Hokkaido courtesy of Lonely Planet.