By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment will hold a brainstorming session to come up with strategies on how to revive the tourism industry post Covid-19.
Its minister Datuk Christina Liew said the discussion is crucial to ensure that the state’s tourism sector would be able to proceed as smoothly as possible.
“I am confident that this (pandemic) will be a thing of the past and we will be able to promote the bilateral relationship (with China), especially in tourism.
“Right now, the state’s tourism is among the sectors that is badly affected and it is almost at a standstill. We hope to get back on our feet again once this pandemic is over,” she told a press conference after witnessing a handing over of medical supplies to Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) from two China-based companies, on Sunday.
Fujian Fusun Investment Co Ltd and Skyrich Development Sdn Bhd donated 50,000 disposable face masks, 720 goggles, 480 disposable medical protective clothing and 400 face shields.
Also present during the ceremony held at the DBKK building were China’s consul-general to Kota Kinabalu Liang Caide and Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman who disclosed that over 20 private sector companies have come forward to help DBKK in fighting the coronavirus.
“Medical supplies such as hand sanitisers, face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) were donated to DBKK staff to allow them to work safely.
“We received more than enough supplies that can last until May 12. In fact, this (latest aid) can last for another two weeks after Phase 4 of the Movement Control Order,” said Nordin.
Meanwhile, Liang said that the government of China will continue providing support to Sabah in fighting Covid-19.
“The Chinese consulate will continue to provide all kinds of support to help Sabah during this outbreak.
“After the pandemic, I believe the tourism sector in Sabah will recover and Chinese tourists will be able to visit Sabah again in the future,” he said.