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KUCHING, Sept 27: The tourism industry in Sarawak is expected to be rejuvenated soon, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) yesterday (Sept 27), he said the tourism industry is one of the important sectors to drive Sarawak to become a developed and high-income State by 2030.
“It is time for the tourism industry to bounce back after more than 18 months being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is one of the remedial measures taken by the Sarawak government in the 2030 Post Covid-19 Development Strategy launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg last July,” he said at a press conference after officiating the World Tourism Day 2021 celebration in Kuching yesterday.
In the meantime, he expressed pride in the various initiatives and cooperation from music industry players such as the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), which moved the event to a virtual platform.
At the same time, Abdul Karim mentioned that the Sarawak and the Federal government will focus on the issue of Sabah’s and Sarawak’s claims based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Following this, he expressed delight to hear that the Federal government is open to working together to resolve the matter.
“As Sarawakians, we want the rights that have been eroded over the years to be addressed and returned to the State,” he said. — DayakDaily