Malaysian Tourism Minister Back Home after Successful Sales Mission
The YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Malaysian Tourism Minister, returned home on April 20 after wrapping up his four-day visit to Korea. He attended the opening ceremony of a gala Malaysian Festival staged at an outdoor plaza in front of the Doosan Tower in downtown Seoul. More than 3,000 Korean spectators flocked to the scene to see a series of traditional Malaysian music and dance performed by visiting Malaysian cultural troupe."It is really fantastic to experience Truly Asian taste of Malaysian music and dancing performance," commented a college student disclosing his plan to visit Malaysia during this coming summer vacation for English training program plus sightseeing.More recently, Malaysia is gaining popularity among growing number of Koreans not only for sightseeing and honeymoon tour but also English study programs,While here, the Malaysian Minister also met with leading travel trade business leaders here to exchange view on how to promote Tourism Malaysia in Korea on the occasion of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.Meeting with members of the Friends of Malaysia Club in Korea co-chaired by Jon Kim, vice president of Korea Tourism Association and Abdul Mutalib Awang, Director, Tourism Malaysia Seoul, he expressed hope that more Korean retirees would take interest in Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) under which non-Malaysian retirees are given a long term visa, up to 10 years so they are free to come and go as they wish. "So far over 8,000 people have been approved for the MM2H visa and it is generating a lot of interest," he explained.Currently the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) is responsible for promoting MM2H, with approval of applicants and issuance of visas made directly by the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs, he said."Applicants below 50 years old are required to open a fixed deposit account in Malaysia of RM300,000.00 at any international bank with a local branch," he said.After a period of one year, the participant can withdraw up to RM240,000.00 for approved expenses relating to house purchase, education for children in Malaysia and medical purposes. However, a minimum balance of RM60,000.00 must be maintained from the second year onwards and throughout stay in Malaysia under this program, he went on to say.Applicants 50 years old and above can either choose to open a fixed deposit account in Malaysia of RM150,000.00 at any international bank with a local branch or show proof of monthly off-shore income of at least RM10,000.00, according to the minister.After a period of one year, the participant who fulfills the fixed deposit criteria can withdraw up to RM90,000.00 for approved expenses relating to house purchase, education for children in Malaysia and medical purposes. However, a minimum balance of RM60,000.00 must be maintained from the second year onwards and throughout stay in Malaysia under this program, he explained.Application can be made through a number of private Malaysian companies, known as "sponsors," which offer application and follow-up services to foreigners. While the fees charged and services rendered can vary drastically from one sponsor to another, only authorized companies licensed by the Ministry of Tourism can provide such services to MM2H participants. In the past, many sponsor companies were actually property developers or agents who tied their services for MM2H with the purchase of a property in Malaysia. However, there is currently no requirement to purchase property under MM2H, and interested participants should carefully research the background of any sponsor with whom they plan to obtain services.The YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor took over the tourism portfolio from YB Datuk Dr. Leo Michael Toyad following the reshuffle in the fresh Cabinet line-up announced by the Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi earlier this year.Born in Melaka on 20 December 1950, YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration. YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan was the chairman of several corporations and organizations such as Magni-Tech Industries Bhd, Unza Holdings Bhd, Tanco Holdings Bhd, the Malaysia-Vietnam Friendship Association and Young Entrepreneurs' Association of Malaysia. He also held the post of deputy chairman and director of TT Resources Bhd and director of Isuta Holdings Bhd. Until recently, he was the executive chairman of Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB). In his political career, YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan was the division chief of Seputeh UMNO Division in 1996 and the executive secretary of UMNO in 1999. In 2000, he became the chairman of the National Front (Barisan Nasional) Federal Territory Liaison Committee and the chairman of the UMNO Federal Territory Liaison Committee, a position that he held until today. He was appointed a Supreme Council Member of UMNO in 2004 and was formerly the Senator of Dewan Negara from 2000 to 2003.
|YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Malaysian Tourism Minister|
First appointed to the Malaysian Cabinet as a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in 2001, he was subsequently made a full Minister in the Prime Minister's Department a year after. YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan is married to YBhg Datin Seri Anggraini Sentiyaki.The Ministry of Tourism welcomes YBM Datuk Tengku Adnan's appointment and is confident that he would take the Ministry to greater heights and contribute significantly to the development of the country's tourism industry.
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