Malaysia: Sabahan tour groups, citing threats to livelihood, protest against illegal Chinese tour guides

Author: Robin Agustin, Free Malaysia Today, Published on: 17 July 2017

"Warisan slams Sabah Tourism ministry for threatening protesters", 17 July 2017

Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) has hit out at the Sabah tourism and culture ministry for threatening tour guides who staged a protest against illegal tour guides at Sabah’s main airport.

...Warisan vice-president Junz Wong said the ministry’s statement showed its lack of concern over the plight of local tourist guides... 

...Tour guides from two associations staged a protest at the airport... after a tour group from China landed at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

...Tourism and culture ministry director Ag Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar hit out at the protesters for terrifying the tourists from China and threatened to revoke their licences if they were found to have assembled illegally.

Ag Ahmad also said the tour company that was the target of the protest had conducted its business legally according to the Tourism Industry Act 1992.

“Ag Ahmad’s threat reflects the government’s high-handedness and penchant for resorting to intimidation tactics rather than actually getting to the root of the issue..."

...Wong had highlighted the proliferation of unlicensed tour guides from China who...are threatening the livelihood of about 600 legitimate Sabahan guides.


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