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Tourism Crisis, State Backs Datuk Abdul Karim

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by The Editor

When it comes to support, most Sarawakian, all shapes, colours and creed will quickly jump into the fray.

Like the Tourism Crisis that went a buzz in the news portals, social media and even the mainstream dailies today.

On one hand, it is good to see that not only politicians from both the divide supporting each other and vocal pressure groups are supporting their fellow Sarawakian under fire from their Federal brothers.

On the other, would Sarawakians understand about this evil Tourism Tax issue, if Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz did not used such language when reacting to our own Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Rahman Hamzah?

Indeed Nazri should have responded professionally like how many would perceived a minister would speak, but many failed to see is where were the Sarawak elected Parliamentarians when the bill was passed in April?

Was this an act of betrayal to all of us Sarawakians?

As a refresher, there are six BN Sarawak in the Federal Cabinet, namely Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim and Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, out of the total 25 MPs.

As at press time, tried to get in touch with Sarawak MPs to comment on the matter but none of them replied to the question.

Despite all this, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chien Jen calls on all six BN federal ministers to apologise to Sarawakians for approving the Tourism Tax.

Chong noted that without the approval of the ministers in the cabinet, the bill would never been tabled in Parliament.

At the press conference earlier, Chong also urge Abdul Karim to stand firm and to ensure Sarawak hoteliers do not require to pay the tourism tax.

“It serves no purpose if Sarawak BN representatives in the Federal Cabinet, continue to ‘sell out’ and ‘betray’ Sarawakian interests. With this in view, Sarawakians deserves their apology,” said Chong.

Having said that, one may also feel if there were hidden agendas in the works at that time, since Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg has yet to reach his 100 days in office?

There are many questions remained to be answered, while Nazri gets the limelight for his poor choice of words.

Indeed Nazri was un-Asian like, but should we focus our concern over the newly passed Tourism Tax instead of dwelling in yesterday’s issue. –