Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (right) in a joint news conference with the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad in a briefing on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus issue at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Putrajaya. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JANUARY 2020
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (right) in a joint news conference with the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad in a briefing on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus issue at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Putrajaya. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JANUARY 2020

By Nizam Zain

PUTRAJAYA – The government’s decision yesterday to temporary suspend all immigration facilities to Chinese nationals from Wuhan and Hubei does not affect a huge number of tourists from China.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said that the decision only affect one percent or approximately 800 people from the population in Wuhan, China.

“If we are talking about the people from Wuhan, there are 8 million people there. I think, it only affects 800 or 1 percent of them.

“We cannot say that this is a huge drop (of Chinese tourists) for now,” he said during a news conference at his office.

Earlier, he chaired a special meeting and briefing on the coronavirus with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and the Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“They have checked, they are healthy. I don’t think healthy people can spread the disease.

“I don’t think there are prevention methods for that. We have checked. They (Chinese tourists) are healthy,” he said.

He also said that viral fake news have created panic among the people and raised questions on health safety control.

“The problem now is the spread of fake and terrifying news.

“Perhaps there is an agenda. They don’t feel that they are Malaysians because their agenda is to make the country fail,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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