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Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the private company handling VLN (Visa Luar Negara) or Overseas Visa System for Chinese tourists can continue operating until a replacement is found. -NSTP/Muhd Zaaba Zakeria

PUTRAJAYA: The private company handling VLN (Visa Luar Negara) or Overseas Visa System for Chinese tourists will be allowed to continue operating until a replacement company is found.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this was because visa issuance could not be abruptly halted.

The company was currently being investigated by the authorities.

"As of now, we can't decide on the status of the company. Until now, we don't have a substitute to take over what the company has been doing for the ministry.

"Besides that, the number of tourists coming to Malaysia is huge and visa issuance cannot be stopped because the number of immigration officers stationed in that country (China) is limited," he told reporters after attending the Immigration Department's Hari Raya celebration today.

It was reported that the company was appointed by the Home Ministry in 2016, under the previous government, to manage the VLN issuance including the Electronic Travel Registration & Information (eNTRI) and eVisa system, which enables Chinese tourists to apply for entry into Malaysia and eVisa.

The eNTRI system was suspended from Jan 1 this year.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in a statement today said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) had consented to fresh corruption charges to be brought against former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

It said Zahid was arrested at the MACC headquarters on June 24 after completing the final process of investigation involving Overseas Visa System (VLN).

It was reported that Zahid was expected to face another 40 counts of corruption in connection with the case involving a private company that dealt with bringing Chinese tourists to Malaysia.

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