Malaysia to Attract Over 20 Milllion Tourists
The campaign to draw visitors to Malaysia next year will require the involvement of the private sector, private entities and other groups to achieve its objectives as the government alone could not make Visit Malaysia Year 2007 a success. Through its numerous promotion activities campaign which would also help increase the awareness of Malaysians on the importance of the tourism industry, Tourism Malaysia is confident of meeting its target of 20.1 million tourist arrivals next year, Mutalib maintained.In the meantime, Malaysian police have taken various measures to ensure the safety of visitors to the city in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.This assurance came from City Police Chief Datuk Sulaiman Mohd Yusof who said various approaches had been taken to step up security, especially at places frequented by foreigners.He said the number of police personnel on duty would be increased at popular public places and those regarded as having a high crime rate."The presence of the policemen is important not only to make the public confident of their safety but also to prevent crime," he told reporters.Earlier, in his speech, Sulaiman urged members of the force to be more creative in discharging their duty to reduce the crime rate, saying that a reduced crime rate would make foreigners feel safer in Kuala Lumpur.VISIT Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007 may be months away but the publicity and awareness campaign for the tourism drive is going full swing. Penang's South-West district recently held its own VMY 2007 launching at the open space fronting the beach in Teluk Bahang. More than 1,000 people braved the scorching sun to join in the celebration, which was aimed at creating awareness among locals on VMY 2007. The event started with a Malaysia Truly Asia cultural dance, followed by a series of songs and dance performances. The National Parks and Wildlife Department's booth was a major attraction as many visitors were spotted playing with the young civet cat and baby monkey. The animals at the booth as Finance Ministry parliamentary secretary too fascinated the VIPs and Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya, who launched the event, was spotted having a python coiled around his neck. Also present were state Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow, Teluk Bahang assemblyman Siti Faridah Arshad, who was the event's organizing chairman, and Pantai Jere-jak assemblyman Wong Mun Hoe. In his speech, Teng said locals should play their part in promoting the state to help make VMY 2007 a success. He said the state government had received a RM300,000 allocation from the Tourism Ministry to promote VMY 2007. He said each of the state's five districts had been given RM50,000 from the allocation to organize their own promotional events.
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