Natural disasters: MOTAC seeks solutions so that the tourism industry is not affected

Natural disasters: MOTAC seeks solutions so that the tourism industry is not affected

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) will find a solution so that the tourism industry is not affected by the natural disasters that are currently hitting the country.

Its minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said that although incidents such as landslides and floods are unforeseen events, MOTAC needs to work on finding a long-term solution to protect tourism industry players in the future.

“The seriousness of this incident will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow,” he told reporters after officiating the ‘Ini Batik Malaysia’ campaign at the Parliament Building here today.

The landslide tragedy at 2.42am last Friday at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite, Batang Kali, Selangor has so far claimed 24 lives with nine more victims still missing out of a total of 94 victims involved.

Several states are currently affected by flood disasters including Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor and Perak following the North East Monsoon phenomenon which also affects tourism areas.

Regarding the Malaysian batik industry, Tiong said his ministry is planning to import high-quality raw materials used in batik production, as a temporary measure before the raw materials can be widely produced in the country.

“Malaysia has the opportunity and potential to become the world’s largest batik producer in the near future,” he said.

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