By S. Harrish
MORE than RM48 million has been earmarked for tourism projects in Sarawak under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the amount could be more as there are many elected representatives who have not send their proposals to her ministry.
“I have received a long list from the State, about RM48 million worth of projects, which I think could be more because some of the YBs are still coming to me.
“But that would be considered in the 12th Malaysia Plan,” Nancy said after chairing a closed-door meeting with Sarawak’s tourism players yesterday.
According to the DayakDaily, Nancy said the country lost a staggering RM45 billion in tourism receipts in the first six months of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Furthermore, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, for April 2020, employment volume has decreased by one per cent to 14.93 million people over the same period last year.
“Among the most affected workforce are in the services sector such as accommodation; food and beverages; arts, entertainment and recreation,” she said.
Thus, the Batang Sadong MP pointed out that an effective post Movement Control Order, tourism and cultural recovery plan was essential to enable the country’s economy to recover as quickly as possible.
“The Ministry has identified various strategies in the recovery plan that will recalibrate the country’s tourism and cultural industries.
To ensure that the tourism industry remained competitive, Nancy said her ministry has implemented several initiatives and programmes to revived the tourism sector.