Sabah tour guides know better
KOTA KINABALU, September 19, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said
there is no need to employ Korean nationals to act as tour guides for
Korean tourists coming to Sabah.
SAPP Youth Chief Edward Dagul said the Koreans have been coming over to
Sabah for many years and enjoy the beauty of the Land Below the Wind
"Why is there now a need to engage Korean nationals to act as tour guides
for Korean tourists?
"The presence of local Sabah Tourist Guide Association (STGA) approved
member should suffice as to provide the knowledge of places of interests
and so on and if the tourist group is from a non English speaking nation,
then maybe an interpreter is necessary," he said after a meeting with
senior officials of the STGA here.
Also present were Luyang Assemblywoman cum SAPP Women Chief Melanie Chia
and SAPP Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong.
The meeting was to further find out the reasons for the recent furor on
the Tourism Ministry's decision to allow Koreans to provide their own
Edward said as an integral part of the tourism industry, the association
STGA should have a more meaningful role for the betterment of the
industry. To this end, Sabah Tourism Board should include STGA's officials
"As a local party advocating autonomy, SAPP empathises with the
Association. STGA has contributed immensely to the growth of tourism in
Sabah. It is only right to help solve problems faced by these local tour
guides instead of sidelining them further by engaging foreign nationals to
fill in their shoes.
"Why was the Federal Tourism Minister seemingly determined to bypass our
locals?" he asked.
He said it would be better for the ministry to look for ways to assist and
develop the tourism industry further in Sabah rather than creating more
"Even if the Federal Ministry has the power to grant foreign guides with
Malaysian tour guide licences," he argued that "we hope the State
Government would not succumb to Ng Yen Yen's nonsense by granting work
permits of this nature."
"While the number of unemployed youths in Sabah being recorded at more
than 72,000 and increasing, the government should instead focus and find
ways to help reduce unemployment.