Thursday, January 01, 2009

Sudden tourist influx at Limbang and Lawas checkpoints unexpected


18,000 travellers passed through entry points from Dec 22-25

LAWAS: The influx of visitors streaming past the immigration checkpoints in Limbang and Lawas during the school holidays and Christmas season was a new phenomenon.

The immigration chief of Limbang, Abang Othman Abang Mornie said a whopping 18,000 travellers passed through these entry points over four days from Dec 22-25, resulting in massive congestions.

“This is a new record of arrivals from our neighbouring country, and a clear change in the choice of holiday destination, from Miri to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah this year,” he said. The effect had been felt by locals in Limbang and Lawas as this huge seasonal influx was unexpected.

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