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Published on : Monday, November 18, 2013
SEMPORNA, Borneo, Malaysia — According to the local operators, the Pulau Pom Pom incident on Friday where a Taiwanese tourist was shot dead and a woman, believed to be his wife, was abducted by a group of men has not affected tourism activities in the district. Tourists could be seen in the area which is popular among both domestic and foreign visitors for its islands, particularly Pulau Sipadan, which is considered one of the top diving destinations in the world.
A resort operator at Pulau Sipadan, Sim Kim Yaw, 60, said the incident did not have any
negative effect on his business. “The tourists are still coming. I received 30 customers daily
before the unfortunate incident and the number is still the same.
“Before the incident I received a lot of bookings and no one has cancelled their reservations,” he told Bernana here Sunday. A porter, Ryan Sanati said the scenario at the jetty where he worked was as usual. “We are still given tasks to lug tourists’ bags to the boat. I think the incident has not discouraged visitors from coming here,” he said.
Meanwhile, boat skipper Sukarno Mandagan said boat operators had not encountered any setback following the incident. “A lot of tourists still take our boats to reach Pulau Sipadan and other islands such as Pulau Mabul and Pulau Bum Bum,” he said.