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Sabah kidnappings hit tourism more than MH370, says Malaysia Minister

Published on Jun 17, 2014 1:09 PM
View of a fish farm in Sabah, Malaysia where a Chinese citizen working for a fishing company was kidnapped on May 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Recent kidnapping cases in Sabah have had more impact on the tourism industry than the disappearance of the MH370 jetliner in March.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told Parliament on Tuesday that a total of 76 flights to Kota Kinabalu from China were cancelled recently.

"Which is why we need to ensure more is done to convince tourists from China that Sabah is safe, but this is beyond my ministry's capacity.

"I believe the Sabah government is doing the necessary to assure people that the state is safe.

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