Tourist arrivals would not be affected by Australia’s travel advisory, says Malaysia Tourism Minister

Published on : Monday, February 22, 2016

Tourist arrivalsThe travel advisory issued by Australia which warned of a terror threat in Malaysia, would not affect the arrival of tourists into Malaysia, said Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz.

Nazri described the travel advisory issued by Australia, warning its citizens against travelling to Malaysia, as something normal.

Noting that Malaysian authorities have arrested a number of people allegedly involved in planning attacks, the Australian High Commission in Malaysia says there’s an ongoing terrorism threat in Malaysia.

In a travel advisory posted on its website Sunday, it warned that attacks could be indiscriminate and may target Western interests or locations frequented by Westerners.
“We are aware of such threats and there is tight security at tourist attractions. We have also heightened such measures with the presence of police and military,” Nazri said.

He said such travel advisories would not affect tourism. He said even when Malaysia was plagued with issues such as the MH370 crisis and the kidnapping incidents in Semporna, Sabah, tourists were unfazed and continued flooding the country.

Malaysia has raised its security alert level following the Jan 14 attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia that left eight people dead.


Kuala Lumpur city police chief Tajuddin Mohamad Isa told local media Sunday that security has been stepped up in the past few months and that there was no indication of a terror attack.


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