Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Sabah wants more tourism promotion allocation


Kota Kinabalu: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the Federal Government should consider giving more allocations to Sabah to promote its tourism products as it would benefit them as well.

He said the Federal Government stands to receive more income via taxes from Sabah and Sarawak if the two states operate more tourism activities.

"The more prosperous Sabah and Sarawak, the more money goes to the Federal coffers," he said in a press conference after receiving a courtesy call from Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Datuk Michael Manyin, Tuesday.

He said both states felt there was a slight oversight on the part of top policy-makers in the peninsula in relation to promotional spending.

The Federal Government, he said, lumped Sabah and Sarawak together with other states in the peninsula in the promotion package of the nation's tourism. However, he said the two East Malaysian states offer unique products that need to be marketed by themselves.

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