KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 Malaysians do not need a visa to watch the South Africa World Cup 2010 for a stay of less than 30 days, said South Africa's High Commission's Counselor Andre Vande Venter.
He said the South African government had identified certain countries including Malaysia for that privilege because of the strategic partnership and business ties.
"But this is nothing to do with the World Cup, the agreement on that had been signed years ago. We just want people to notice that information," he said after talks on World Cup preparation organised by the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley, here Monday.
On the preparation for the event, he said all infrastructure projects including the construction of the stadiums were ahead of schedule and all were expected to be completed before the end of this year.
In terms of security, he said over 41,000 police personnel would be guarding all eight cities involved on this World Cup. South Africa also allowed participating countries to bring their own police and security personnel for that purpose.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, scheduled to take place between June 11 and July 11, 2010 in South Africa.
It will be the first time that the tournament is being hosted by a nation in the Confederation of African Football, leaving the Oceania Football Confederation as the only FIFA Confederation never to have hosted the event.