Tourism Minister vows to look into increasing air connectivity, boost tourism in Sarawak

Tiong (front, second right) poses for a selfie with guests during PDP's CNY open house in Bintulu on Feb 18, 2024. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

By Chris Bishop and Shikin Louis

BINTULU, Feb 18: Federal Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Dato Sri Tiong King Sing has vowed to help Sarawak increase its air connectivity to boost the State’s tourism sector.

He said Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah always bring up to him the topic of how to increase the number of flights coming into Sarawak.

Following this, he said: “I will assure you (Abdul Karim) I will do my best but we both must work together as well as together with the Premier (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg) because we must have (money) to promote and develop the State’s tourist attractions.

“What I have come to understand during this Chinese New Year (CNY) is that according to the grassroot leaders, there are a few places that we can turn into tourism area like a particular waterfall in Selangau as well as Sibu and other places,” he said when speaking at Progressive Democratic Party’s (PDP) CNY open house at Bintulu Civic Centre here today.

Tiong who is also PDP president and Bintulu MP further pledged his full support to the Sarawak government under Abang Johari’s leadership to maintain unity and cooperation.

Also present at PDP’s CNY Open House were Abdul Karim; Sarawak Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development (M-FICORD) and Kemena assemblyman Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; PDP deputy president Datuk Henry Harry Jinep; senior vice president Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil; secretary-general Dato Anyi Ngau; Tanjung Batu assemblyman Johnny Pang; Bawang Assan assemblyman Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh; and Engkilili assemblyman Dr Johnichal Rayong Ngipa. — DayakDaily