PETALING JAYA: MCA has lauded Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for cutting red tape to help revive the tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The party's vice-president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said this was a step in the right direction, as tourism was among top five revenue generators, contributing RM84.1bil to the economy in 2018.
"All hope is not lost. I find it reassuring that the Prime Minister has pledged to support the tourism sector by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and hassle so that the industry can get back on its feet," he said in a statement on Wednesday (July 8).
The tourism sector came to a screeching halt following the Covid-19 outbreak and the implementation of lockdowns that forced countries across the globe to close their borders.
Tan said the tourism sector played an important role in creating job opportunities and serving as a catalyst in stimulating the economy.
"The tourism sector is the lifeline of Malaysia's economy. More government aid would help spur a revival," he said.
Tan said that some research showed that tourism-related services (wholesale, retail trade, accommodation, food and beverages, transport and storage, information and communication) made up 27.8% of Malaysia’s total GDP.
He added that the Covid-19 pandemic shut the sector down and said that the impact was expected to be felt for another four years.
"The tourism sector needs all the help it can get from the government to recover," said Tan.
Tan said the industry players need assistance and incentives to get their businesses up and running again.
"Since the Perikatan Nasional government assumed office, it has dutifully implemented various measures to stabilise the economy badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"However, on the other side of the divide, we see politicians still crying and whining about who gets to become the Prime Minister. How do the rakyat feel, witnessing their circus-like antics?" he said.
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