Omission of Miri in guidebook ‘an accident’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Sep 2003

MIRI: The latest edition of Shopping Malaysia guidebook has omitted any mention of tourism potentials in the northern half of Sarawak in its tourist map. 

Shopping Malaysia secretariat general manager Mohd Rosly Selamat said the exclusion was unfortunate and an “honest lapse” on the part of the secretariat.  

“We would like to stress that we did not intentionally leave out Miri as we are aware of Miri’s potential as an exciting and vibrant shopping destination,” he said.  

Mohd Rosly was commenting on grouses by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry here over the omission of the entire northern half of Sarawak from the tourism map published in the latest edition of the guidebook. 

Chamber president Sim Hock Guan, on Sept 6, said the chamber had received complaints about the omission and was worried that Miri and the surrounding tourism destinations might face a drop in tourist arrivals.  

Mohd Rosly said the guidebook did not give any preferential treatment to any particular destination.  

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