JOHOR BARU: The state government should be taking pro-active steps to attract tourists instead of wasting time discussing meaningless issues, the state assembly was told.
Datuk Tee Siew Kiong (BN-Pulai Sebatang) said while Singapore (Tourism Board) provided free transport from City Square here to the republic, the state was not taking such action to bring in tourists.
“There is no need to bring up sensitive issues which do not benefit any party,'' he said.
Tee said economic development should not depend solely on local investments or the people’s spending power but should include foreign investments and tourists.
He said 60% of foreign tourists entered Malaysia through Johor.
With the Federal Government’s aim of attracting 20 million tourists next year, this meant that 12 million would be entering via Johor.
“Visit Malaysia Year 2007 is just a few days away. Have we come up with any plan to ensure a continuous flow of tourists throughout the year?” he asked.
Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali (BN-Semarang) said more signboards should be placed to promote interesting destinations.
“I have yet to see a signboard for tourist destinations such as the Desaru beach or Kota Tinggi waterfalls,” he said.
On another matter, Samsol Bari said a connecting road to the new Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex must be built as the complex should not become a white elephant.
“We do not want this to happen just because of the inefficiency in the planning stage of certain parties.”
Source : STAR
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