Investors seek assurance over planned demonstration

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jan 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign business investors have been asking for assurances from Malaysia in view of more street demonstrations.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said a demonstration would jeopardise the country’s image as Malaysia is known for its political stability.

“When I was in Japan recently, they asked whether street demonstrations would be a regular feature in Malaysia.

“They want to know what assurance Malaysia could give to investors that their investments would be safe,” he said, after the launch of the World Islamic Tourism Mart (WITM) 2012 yesterday.

Mukhriz was referring to the potential economic impact of the 901 Free Anwar Campaign which will take place in front of the Duta Court Complex here on Monday.

He pointed out that when the media kept repeating the same Bersih 2.0 demonstration scene, people thought the whole of Kuala Lumpur was in turmoil when in fact it was only certain areas that were hit.

The WITM 2012 exhibition and promotion would be held at the Putra World Trade Centre from May 31 to June 2.

On the event, Mukhriz said there are 1.6 billion Muslims and they are becoming more affluent and observant of Islamic tenets.

“This has led to a large market that has yet to be fully explored or tapped although some travel agencies which are not Muslim-owned have set up Muslim tour departments,” he said.

MATTA president Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun said this was the first such event held here and they were expecting a 30,000 crowd.

He said WITM 2012 will cater to the expanding Muslim tourism market worldwide.

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