KOTA KINABALU: Some 1,000 people took part in Sabah’s first mass yee sang tossing ceremony at Oceanus Mall here in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
State Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew described the event as “fantastic” and said people were in a visibly good mood as they ushered in the new year.
Liew, who is also Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said the idea for the mass yee sang session was mooted by Oceanus Mall Management Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk CK Tan, as part of efforts to boost tourism in the state.
She said the state government aims to draw four million tourists to Sabah this year, and will focus on matters like promoting cleanliness among visitors as well as Sabah’s cultural diversity.
“Last year, we recorded 3.85 million in tourist arrivals, and our target this year is four million. “When tourists come here, other industries such as food, transportation and hotels also benefit.
“Also, it is equally important for us to preserve our wildlife.
“We have wildlife programmes in place for this. Sometimes, they don’t always go the way we want, but we must continue taking positive action on the matter,” she said.
Liew said Sabah will also focus on spurring economic growth and nation-building in the state, instead of being fixated on political issues.
“We will just ignore those who try to create political issues. We must be clear about our objectives and continue to move ahead,” she said.