Friday, April 11, 2008


Tourism sector won’t be affected: Masidi


Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun has assured that the train accident in Tenom would have no negative impact on the tourism sector in Sabah. He said the railway service introduced during the Colonial rule in Sabah is mainly to cater for the local commuters and not the tourists. “The trains are mainly for social service for the local people and the service provided by the Railway Department is not within the jurisdiction of tourism body,” said Masidi. He was commenting on the train accident in Tenom on Wednesday where two passengers were killed and 26 others injured. Speaking to reporters after witnessing the management agreement signing between the SUDC Sdn Bhd through its subsidiary Perusahan Pusaka Timur Sdn Bhd and Promenade Hotel Sdn Bhd for the development of a hotel in Tawau here yesterday, Masidi said the accident should serve as a lesson to the Railway Department. He reckoned that the Department should carry out constant monitoring on the condition along the railway tracks. “I personally feel sad that two persons died and many others injured in the accident. Efforts must be made by the Railway Department to ensure the accident will not recur,” said Masidi.