Published on : Saturday, November 28, 2020
The 2021 Budget passed today in the parliament would not help the worst hit tourism sector of Malaysia to recover with job security in the middle of COVID, considers the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents or MATTA. MATTA president, Datuk Tan Kok Liang have explained that they maintained their earlier stance that the 2021 Budget does not offer solid programs in job protection and businesses related to tourism.
“Moving forward, we hope to work with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry for the eventual easing of border (control) to attract international tourists.”
“Other tourism-centric countries are working hard to create green corridors and Malaysia must be working towards this objective.”
“Domestic tourism is not the main solution to assist our fledgling tourism industry which is now at its lowest,” Tan told the New Straits Times.
In the 2021 Budget, the initiatives for the tourism sector tabled by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz was the RM50 million distribution to train and provide placements for 8,000 airline company employers in Malaysia.
Also, as tour guides, employment opportunities will be provided to more than 500 people in the local and Orang Asli communities at all national parks in a bid to encourage ecotourism as well as RM50 million for the maintenance and repair of tourism facilities.