KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 Bernama) -- The appointment of Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen as the new Tourism Malaysia chairman was based on her cabinet experience in helming the tourism sector, said current Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
"It is better to appoint the former tourism minister (Dr Ng) as the Malaysia Tourism Board chairman because of her wealth of experience, first as deputy tourism minister and later as full minister."
Nazri said this when winding-up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat, here, today.
He also assured that the government would place someone else for the chairman's post if Dr Ng's performance was not encouraging within a two-year period.
Dr Ng was appointed to the post on June 17.
"Let's not dislike a person to the extent of denying that person to continue serving the people and country," Nazri said.
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Nazri said Dr Ng's appointment was also in line with the ministry's target of making Malaysia a choice destination for tourists from China.
He said each year, 400 million Chinese from China travelled overseas, with 1.5 million of them visiting Malaysia.
On claims that Dr Ng had spent a lot of public funds on overseas travel when she as tourism minister, Nazri said the expenditure was from the annual allocations for the ministry.
"The money must be spent. It is not wrong. Who says she (Dr Ng) was not successful? She had managed to increase the number of tourists to Malaysia. Statistics don't lie," he added.
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