Monday, January 12, 2015

Capitalise On Declining Ringgit To Lure More Foreign Tourists to Sabah: Salleh

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Tun Said has called on local resort owners to take advantage of the declining ringgit value to attract more foreign tourists to visit Sabah.

Expressing optimism that more tourists would visit this country, he said local tourism players should take the initiative to woo them to come to Sabah.

"This can be done through the provision or offer of attractive packages and incentives, with the cooperation of the state and federal tourism agencies," he told reporters after attending a brainstorming session on Tourism Masterplan for Kadamaian, here today.

Salleh said with the existing favourable foreign exchange rate, foreign tourists would spend less coming to Malaysia.

As such, he said local tourism players play a vital role to help generate income or revenue for the country and the state.

Meanwhile, Salleh, who is Sabah Umno Liaison Deputy Chairman, hoped Federal government leaders to be cautious in announcing mega projects to avoid any unnecessary implication.

He said what was important was to implement immediately approved projects after securing allocation as this approach was more effective in winning the hearts and minds of the people.

"We should not be over excited in announcing the implementation of mega or big projects without taking into consideration the country's economic situation and the government's financial standing," he said.

Salleh said the people were awaiting for any announcement on project implementation, and as such it should be carried out carefully, taking into consideration all factors, including the current economic environment.

These included declining oil prices in the world market, devalution of Malaysian Ringgit as well as the
enormous loss due to the floods in eastern part of peninsula which needed big allocation for re development, he added.

"I think it is better we implement first a project and later launch the completed project and only then we start talking about government development agenda.

"If we announce first, the people surely will wait for that project to be in place, and if the government fails to turn it into a reality or is late to implement, it may bring negative implication to the government of the day," he said.

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