Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the facility was targetted at tourists who were enjoying short vacations in the region.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz described the move as a game changer in the tourism industry.

He said this facility will soon be extended to tourists from China and eventually to those who require visas to enter Malaysia.

From January to October 2016, Malaysia received 540,530 tourists from India — making it the sixth top tourist source for Malaysia.

“(Visa) applications can be made online and approved within 48 hours. There will be no fees charged.

“The close cultural ties between the two countries and cultural affinity between our people can reach greater heights through tourism,” said Nazri.

The move would also spur the Visit Asean@50 campaign.

Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Siew Ka Wei praised the multiple entry move, adding the dynamics to attract visitors had now changed.

“Malaysia will become a hub for all tourists travelling in the region,” Siew said.

“Previously their schedule was determined by the single entry visa. Now they can make Malaysia their hub as they travel around the region.”

He added Malaysia was among the cheapest destination in the region and a good place for tourists to base themselves for 15 days. 

Najib made the announcement after Malaysia and India signed six Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday.

Najib and his counterpart Narendra Modi witnessed the signing ceremony at Hyderabad House.

A prominent MoU was the proposed development of a urea and ammonia manufacturing plant in Malaysia, and an offtake of existing surplus urea from Malaysia to India.

The project is expected to cost US$2 billion (RM8.85 billion) with a capacity to produce 2.5 million tonnes per annum. The plant will be dedicated to supply the Indian market. 

MIGHT Technology Nurturing Sdn Bhd also inked a deal with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board on an implementation of a technology park in the southern state.

The park is anticipated to attract private sector investments of up to US$100 million (RM443 million) as well as spin-offs involving 75 small and medium-sized enterprises and providing 5,500 jobs.

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