KUALA LUMPUR – The tourism sector in Sabah has not been affected despite the spate
of kidnappings in the state, said Tourism and Culture deputy minister Datuk Mas
Instead, she said tourist arrivals have increased in the state.
“Tourist destination in Sabah shows the percentage (of tourist arrivals) is
increasing and not inhibiting any tourists planning to go there.
“The Sabah Tourism also informed that more and more plane tickets are being
reserved to Sabah and we are pleased with the performance in Sabah, especially
from China, which is a major contributor to the tourism sector there,” she told
reporters at a press conference after the opening of the KL Tower International
Jump Malaysia 2016 here, yesterday.
At the same time, Mas Ermieyati said the ministry will cooperate with the
Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence to monitor and maintain the
safety of tourists.
Recently, on July 18, five Malaysians were abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen
near the waters of Lahad Datu, Sabah’s east coast.
Meanwhile, when asked by reporters about Puteri UMNO’s preparations for the
coming general election, Mas Ermieyati who is also Puteri Umno chief said the
movement would continue to be committed to strengthening the activities of the
grassroots of the party.