New Tourism Minister wants to put a stop to ‘endless politicking’, focus on rebuilding M’sia

The King presents the official instrument of appointment to Tiong (left) during the swearing-in ceremony held at Istana Negara on Dec 3, 2022. Photo: Information Department (JaPen)

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KUCHING, Dec 3: The new Tourism Minister, Dato Seri Tiong King Sing, hopes that the formation of the new Federal Cabinet will put a stop to the endless politicking, which would be detrimental to the people and country.

“What is most important at the moment is to rebuild Malaysia, defend the fate of the people and boost economic growth and continue what has been delayed for the betterment of the people and the country,” he said in a statement today.

Earlier, he was sworn in as a Cabinet minister under the Pakatan Harapan-led federal unity government before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara.

This is the first time that the six-term Bintulu MP was given a full ministerial post. He had previously served as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to East Asia from 2014 to 2018 and as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to China from 2020 to Nov 2022.

Following his appointment, Tiong expressed gratitude for the King’s wisdom that led to the establishment of a unity government for the benefit of the people and the country.

He also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for the trust given to him in spearheading the Ministry of Tourism.

“I will shoulder this responsibility to the best of my ability for the sake of the people and the country. At the same time, I hope the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, the agencies under it, as well as industry players and stakeholders can together help me implement all the ministry’s policies to develop a competitive and sustainable tourism and cultural sector for the socio-economic development of the country,” he added.

Tiong also congratulated his fellow Cabinet members who have been appointed as announced by the Prime Minister last night (Dec 2).

“This is no easy task, especially when Malaysia and the world are facing economic challenges, but I, along with the members, will work hard in carrying out our duties,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily