Tourism Ministry lobbying for more direct flights to state


THANK YOU: Saberkas deputy secretary-general Abu Seman Jahwie (right) presents a memento to Abang Johari while secretary-general Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi looks on.

SIBU: The state will strive to improve its air connectivity to boost its tourism industry.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said he would meet the

top management of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) this week in Kuching to discuss the matter.

He was asked to comment on calls from local tourism players here for a direct flight from Singapore to here.

“We will see what we can do,” Abang Johari, who is also Housing Minister, told The Borneo Post after ‘Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidil Fitri’ for central zone cum Saberkas leadership award Friday night.

He said he could not comment further until after the meeting, slated on Sept 26.

Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong Sie Lee called on the government to help make the Sibu/Singapore route a reality.

He reasoned that Singaporeans would flock to visit Sibu if the direct flight was available.

“Otherwise, they will be waiting too long in transit and this is putting them off,” Wong lamented.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Tourism Task Group (DTTG) met recently, to call for more flights to Sibu.

DTTG chairman Sim Kok Kee disclosed to The Borneo Post on Saturday that they were asking for direct flights for Sibu/Singapore and Sibu/KK.

“We are also hoping for connecting flights to China. You see, many tourists from Sibu and central region visited China and vice-versa.

“Many tourists from China visited here either on social or business visit. More direct flights will spur tourism industry here,” Sim revealed.