No Information Received From Tourists Not Coming To Malaysia Because Of Safety Concerns
Tourism Malaysia has not received any information on tourists not coming to Malaysia because of safety concerns, said its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen. She said Tourism Malaysia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture had expressed concern over rising incidents of violent crime especially shootings, but so far, no information had been received from tourists on their worries over this.
Dr Ng urged all parties to take safety matters seriously by seeing whether the existing laws were sufficient to deal with such serious crime, strengthening enforcement and addressing the root causes of such crime. “If it gets too violent, I personally think we should look at more severe punishments. We do not wish this country to be known to tourists as unsafe.”
“When we (Tourism Malaysia) go overseas and have dialogues there, we don’t hear this (shootings) being highlighted. Nevertheless, there is a need to address the problem fast,” she told reporters after opening the George Town Art Trial 2013, here, today. Dr Ng said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz also expressed concern over the shooting cases and there was continuous discussion to address the matter.
She said Malaysians should all work together to fight crime like snatch thefts with tourists among the victims, adding they were encouraged to take precautions to avoid any untoward incident. On tourist arrivals, Dr Ng said Tourism Malaysia aimed to draw 28 million tourists to the country next year in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and 26.8 million this year.
On the George Town Art Trial 2013, she said it was part of the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival, which would be held from July to September as a premier art tourism event. This year’s theme revolves around nostalgic tales of the heritage city, capturing not only the colours and flavours of George Town, but also its legacy of exotic and eclectic mix of architecture within the Unesco heritage site. Source.