Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Sabah government has zero worries about the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) step to look into a last week’s protest here which was caused by the local tour guides against a travel company who was supposedly utilizing unlawful foreign guides.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun explained that the inquiry into the incident, which resulted few Chinese tourists to get trapped on arrival, will create a good and positive impact on the industry in general.
To quote him while commenting on a report that the MACC was keen examining the protest during a Hari Raya celebration here, “I think it’s good. I’m very happy that they have taken interest in the industry. To me the issue is simple — anything that will make the industry perform better is most welcome.” Beforehand he had expressed that the display had created an “unfriendly” image for the visitors and in return had probably smashed a sensitive industry.
Sabah MACC director Datuk Sazali Salbi explained that they were collecting data to decide if there was any illegal behavior of tourism-related government agencies and private sector. At half past midnight on July 15th, it was published that more than 40 Sabah tourist guides from the Sabah Tourist Guides Association (STGA) displayed a demonstration at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport when a chartered flight from China was arriving which they asserted was using an unregistered foreign guide.