By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Parti Keadialan Rakyat Sabah has urged the government and the relevant authorities to take the catamaran tragedy involving the group of 27 tourists from China, as a serious lesson to improve safety features for tourists as well as locals.
“We urge the authority to take this incident as a warning to make sure the implementation of safety features in all tourist boats are always in place,” said its chairperson, Christina Liew.
“We hope this is only a one-off accident. Hopefully with tighter control of safety features, such incident would not happen again.”
The Api-Api assemblywoman also called on the tour operators to exercise prudent discretion when facing with bad weather conditions.
“Safety must always come first for boat rides especially during bad weather and rough sea conditions,” she stressed.
On behalf of PKR, Liew also extended their deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased that were drown in the tragic incident which occurred near Pulau Tiga, on last Saturday.
A Sabah minister has urged the public to allow authorities to focus on search and rescue efforts of the remaining missing persons in a boat accident last Saturday, instead of finger-pointing and looking for a guilty party to place blame.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun has said investigations into the incident are already underway, but it is too early to come to a conclusion.
“I have asked Sabah MoTAC to initiate an investigation as they are the licensing authority,” he said referring to his ministry.
Masidi added he will wait for the results before commenting on the tour operators’ involvement in the accident.
He said that the government and his ministry’s focus was on the continued search and rescue operations and extending care of those who have been rescued.