Ex-president planning to visit Malaysia

Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) is planning to visit Malaysia in November to attend the eighth annual World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES), the office of the former president said Tuesday.

This year's WCES will take place Nov. 16-17 in the southern Malaysian state of Melaka.

Ma has accepted an invitation by the organizer to attend the event, his office said.

His itinerary, which has yet to be finalized, will also include a speech at Southern University College in Johor, another state in southern Malaysia, according to the office.

Ma will submit an application to the Presidential Office within the required time frame for permission to travel to Malaysia, it said.

In response, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) said the office will handle Ma's application according to the relevant regulations.

According to Taiwan's Classified National Security Information Protection Act, former presidents, premiers and government ministers with access to classified national security information are required to gain government approval for overseas travel for up to three years after leaving office.

They are required to file their applications 20 days before any such trip.

In June, an application by Ma to visit Hong Kong was turned down by the Presidential Office, on the grounds of the difficulties involved in ensuring the security of a former Taiwanese president visiting Hong Kong, which is a highly sensitive area in terms of Taiwan's national security.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel