PETALING JAYA: The use of luxury vehicles in the tourism sector will soon become a reality, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said the decision to allow such vehicles for tourism followed a meeting with Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) members at his office in Putrajaya yesterday.
“This comes after considering the demands from foreigners, especially those in Malaysia, for the purpose of business trips.
“Their presence will bring a positive impact to the economy given their stronger spending power,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
He said these visitors travelled in small groups and preferred using higher-end services or facilities.
He noted that instructions had also been given to the ministry’s Land Transport division to implement the necessary procedures, adding that its implementation guidelines would be released soon.
Another issue raised during the dialogue was the rights and interest of the public and consumers.
“Given that some of these issues involve airlines, we will meet with the relevant stakeholders to come up with the best solutions.
“Most importantly, we don’t want any restrictions that can hinder Malaysia’s economic recovery, especially now that we are transitioning towards endemicity,” he said.
The dialogue was led by MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang with participation from its secretary-general Faeez Fadhillah, Land Transport vice-president JK Siow, Air Transport vice-president Shazli Affuat Ghazali, Inbound and Domestic vice-president Ganesh Ramaa, international relations exco member Datuk Hamzah Rahmat and MATTA Negri Sembilan chapter chairman Lee Fook Moi.
In another post, Dr Wee said a Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia aerospace engineering graduate had been placed in his ministry.
Alif Qusyairi Abd Razak is part of the prestigious Perdana Fellows Programme and a member of the Subang Flying Club Selangor.
“He is undergoing flight tests for an accumulated 50 hours before being allowed to become a pilot.
“With that, I hope this placement proves to be a valuable experience for him which allows him to learn much more,” he said.
He vowed to do his best to provide various exposures to those undergoing the programme, adding: “This will include learning more about how the ministry operates, parliamentary duties and social work.”