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Problem resolved: Nazri

  • "The problem has been resolved. I never talked to Abdul Karim over this. It's BN spirit!" Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

PETALING JAYA, June 14 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Tourism and culture minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said his spat with Sarawak tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and three federal ministers from East Malaysia over the issue of tourism tax had come to a stop in accordance with the BN spirit.

Nazri told Sin Chew Daily the problem had been resolved and the tourism tax would be implemented from July 1 as planned, and would cover the whole country, including the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

He insisted that he only said what he felt and had no intention of offending any individual. As such, he said it was unnecessary for him to withdraw his remarks or apologize to Abdul Karim.

"The problem has been resolved. I never talked to Abdul Karim over this. It's BN spirit!"

Nazri also said the withdrawal of Sarawak state government's representation from Tourism Malaysia would not adversely affect the state's tourism industry, as it already had a department in charge of tourism affairs and could promote the local tourism itself.

He said he had decided to close the Tourism Malaysia office in Sarawak as early as January this year due to overlapping of duties. As such, he said Sarawak's decision to withdraw from Tourism Malaysia was "timely".

Meanwhile, second finance minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said he had confidence the prime minister would handle the spat between Nazri and Abdul Karim over the issue of tourism tax.

 

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