PETALING JAYA: There are only 21 Malaysians still left among the 242 stranded in major airports in Turkey following a coup last week.
In a statement, Wisma Putra said 242 Malaysians had been identified and given assistance.
“Out of the 242 Malaysians, 221 have departed for their destinations while the remaining 21 will leave Turkey according to their scheduled flights,” it said here yesterday.
However, it advised Malaysians to stay vigilant, urging those who required consular assistance to contact the Malaysian embassy in Ankara or Wisma Putra’s Operation Room at 03-8887 4570.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat said Malaysians holidaying in Turkey were still going ahead with their plans.
“So far, nothing yet, I haven’t heard of anyone cancelling,” said Hamzah, adding that he was positive that Turkey was still a destination of choice.
“After recent incidents, I believe that security in Turkey will be much tighter and it will be safer,” he said, urging airlines not to impose a fee on travellers who wished to postpone their flights over the next few days.
“If airlines or hotels impose a fee on us (for postponing the trips), we have no choice but to impose one in turn on our customers.”
He said Malaysian travellers would also not be affected by the ban on direct flights in and out of Turkey to airports in the United States.
“Malaysians usually use Middle Eastern and European transit for flights to North America,” he said.
Turkish Tourism Board public relations officer Hasan Kuruz said Malaysians should not be worried to travel there.
“Turkish people love tourists and we know how to welcome people,” he said, adding that the board would still go ahead with its promotion for the coming MATTA Fair in September.
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