Monday, February 22, 2016

Malaysia safe for tourists despite Australian travel advisory, says Nazri

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has assured Malaysians that the country is still safe for tourists, despite a travel advisory by the Australian government on a possible terror threat.

He said that such travel advisories were normal and the Government had taken necessary steps to protect popular tourist sites.

"The authorities have put in place security personnel, like the police and army, to manage the situation.

"Things are under control and we are aware of it.

"Our security is tight," he told reporters after visiting the Sg Haji Dorani homestay, here, on Monday.

On Sunday, the Australian government issued a travel advisory warning of a possible terror attack in the city.

The travel advisory posted on the Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade Department website said "attacks could be indiscriminate and may target Western interests or locations frequented by Westerners".

Nazri said the tourism industry would not be affected and downplayed the advisory, saying that no city in the world was safe from terror attacks.

"Other governments have issued similar advisory against going to Paris, London and other cities.

"No one city is completely safe from terror attacks," he said.

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