Kuala Lumpur, Sep 19 : The Immigration Department of Malaysia has given assurance that it would speed up visa and permit applications for priests, musicians and artisans from India.
Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam said the department's director-general Mahmood Adam had assured him that he would meet all state immigration heads soon to ensure that the government's decision to allow for new applications was implemented immediately.
He said Mahmood also gave him an assurance that all decisions made at a meeting between him (Dr Subramaniam) and Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar would be carried out without delay, The Makkal Osai reported.
One of them was that fresh applications for visas and permits for priests, musicians and artisans from India would be valid for a maximum of three years.
It would also be based on a set of guidelines.