KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 – Security is an important aspect that needs to be given priority, especialy in the east coast of Sabah, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. He said the incident, involving the abduction of two women, including a Chinese tourist from a resort in Semporna, Sabah last April 2, was evident that the level of security in the area was still not satisfactory. “If foreign tourists wish to visit the Sabah East Coast, the security level of the place must be satisfactory and their welfare well taken care of because they are our guests. “To me the level of security is still wanting because two people have been abducted and the safety of not only the tourists but also locals would be jeopardised if security is not being tightened,” he told reporters after officiating the Digital Library International Conference here Tuesday.
In the incident at about 10.30 pm on April 2, a group of seven armed men intruded a resort at Singgahmata island next to the Bum-Bum Semporna island and abducted Gao Hua Yuan, 29, from Shanghai and a resort worker Marcy Dayawan, 40. Meanwhile Nazri said his ministry had temporarily postponed the promotion of the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 roadshow to China following the Flight MH370 tragedy. “As long as the MH370 case is not close, we will postpone it and until there is some indication then we decide on whether to continue VMY 2014 or not. “We cannot deny it because the reality is that the tourist arrivals from China are affected by the MH370 tragedy even though almost 1.6 million of its nationals visit our country every year,” he said.
In conjunction with VMY 2014, the National Library in co-operation with his ministry organised the three-day conference, which started today, at a hotel here. Themed ‘Preserving and Sharing Digital Resources Through Co-operation and Collaboration,’ the conference is attended by about 250 librarians from 20 countries, including Malaysia as the host organiser to lead the service development of the digital library system among the participants. Earlier Nazri said more than 100,000 hours of local contents, including audio visual arts, artifacts, documents and analogue movies and documentaries, were digitalised by agencies under his ministry as well as the Communication and Multimedia Ministry under the Economic Transformation Programme. “It is expected that by the year 2020, the Creative Contents Industry will contribute some RM30 billion towards Malaysia’s gross national income (GNI),” he said.