Sarawak exits Tourism Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR – Sarawak has announced its withdrawal from the Malaysia Tourism Board with immediate effect today.
The decision is made a day after the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz slammed Sarawak’s Tourism Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and labelled him as a ‘rookie and upstart minister’ and acting like a samseng (thug).
“The Sarawak State Government has decided to withdraw the participation of its representative in Malaysia Tourism Board with immediate effect.
“The State Government deems that the participation of its representatives in Tourism Malaysia is not necessary as this is duplicating the role and functions of the Sarawak Tourism Promotion Board,” the statement said.
Yesterday, Nazri gave a strong warning to Karim following the Sarawak’s Minister’s urge for Putrajaya to defer the July 1 implementation of the tourism tax for Sabah and Sarawak.
“When he said that this is a ‘state list’ and we do not have rights over it. No rights for what? In order to avoid confusion, we have made it into a federal tax. When it is a federal tax, there shouldn’t be any issue that we want to seize the rights of Sarawak.
“He is a new minister and he is a BN Minister. He doesn’t have to show off. Please come can see me. I’m also a BN Minister, not a newbie but I’m an experienced minister.
“You should not talk big in politics. If you want to behave like a samseng (thug), learn from me. I am a bigger samseng (thug),” Nazri had said yesterday. His strong words drew many reactions. – MalaysiaGazette