KUALA PERLIS: All state governments and the private sector have been urged to organise social events to encourage Malaysians to come out and enjoy tourism attractions to counter the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) scare.
Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said it was timely to hold such events to prevent the country's economy, especially tourism, from coming to a standstill.
“We must remember that in Malaysia there are only seven probable cases and two deaths. We cannot allow SARS to rule us. Life must go on.
“Malaysia is not listed by the World Health Organisation as a place not to be visited,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Earlier, Kadir inspected preparations for last night's official launch of the “Visit Perlis Years 2003 to 2005'' campaign at the LKIM jetty.