Don't ignore effects of coronavirus on local tourism, Dr Wee tells govt

  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Feb 2020

JOHOR BARU: It is more practical to work on pressing issues affecting the public instead of addressing political speculation, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

Dr Wee said that there are a lot of issues that need to be looked into at the moment, especially in the face of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak.

"What are the actions taken by the government to help those in the tourism industry that are being badly affected by the outbreak?

"All their (previously booked) trips have been cancelled, but they still have to pay for everything. The government must step in and come out with a short-term solution to address the issue," he said.

He added that other countries have already taken such steps, including introducing an economic stimulus package.

Dr Wee said this in a press conference during a MCA Chinese New Year celebration in Johor Baru here.

He said this when asked to comment on speculation that Umno would be having a discussion on a possible alliance with Pakatan Harapan in its supreme council meeting on Friday (Feb 7).

"I am not involved in the meeting as it only involves Umno. I do not know what is the agenda of the meeting. It is normal for a party to discuss the current political situation and I cannot make any speculation," he said.

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