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2012 Sep 19 - SAPP: Sabah tour guides know better

Sabah tour guides know better

KOTA KINABALU, September 19, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said there is no need to employ Korean nationals to act as tour guides for Korean tourists coming to Sabah.

SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul said the Koreans have been coming over to Sabah for many years and enjoy the beauty of the Land Below the Wind without problem.

"Why is there now a need to engage Korean nationals to act as tour guides for Korean tourists?

"The presence of local Sabah Tourist Guide Association (STGA) approved member should suffice as to provide the knowledge of places of interests and so on and if the tourist group is from a non English speaking nation, then maybe an interpreter is necessary," he said after a meeting with senior officials of the STGA here.

Also present were Luyang Assemblywoman cum SAPP Women Chief Melanie Chia and SAPP Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong.

The meeting was to further find out the reasons for the recent furor on the Tourism Ministry's decision to allow Koreans to provide their own tourist guides.

Edward said as an integral part of the tourism industry, the association STGA should have a more meaningful role for the betterment of the industry. To this end, Sabah Tourism Board should include STGA's officials as members.

"As a local party advocating autonomy, SAPP empathises with the Association. STGA has contributed immensely to the growth of tourism in Sabah. It is only right to help solve problems faced by these local tour guides instead of sidelining them further by engaging foreign nationals to fill in their shoes.

"Why was the Federal Tourism Minister seemingly determined to bypass our locals?" he asked.

He said it would be better for the ministry to look for ways to assist and develop the tourism industry further in Sabah rather than creating more problems.

"Even if the Federal Ministry has the power to grant foreign guides with Malaysian tour guide licences," he argued that "we hope the State Government would not succumb to Ng Yen Yen's nonsense by granting work permits of this nature."

"While the number of unemployed youths in Sabah being recorded at more than 72,000 and increasing, the government should instead focus and find ways to help reduce unemployment.
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SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

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