Published on: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Abductions have caused the people to lose confidence in Malaysia's security system and affected our local tourism industry, he said.
However, Liew said the recent release of the abducted Chinese tourist and Filipino resort employee in Semporna would definitely reduce the negative impact on Sabah, stressing the importance of Chinese tourists to Sabah's tourism industry.
Earlier, he also hoped the government will launch a series of good solutions for the security problems to help restore the confidence of Chinese tourists.
"Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman had announced the government had allocated 30 multi-purpose boats and two patrol aircraft for use in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to strengthen security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone)," he said.
Liew said this during the Gala Dinner in commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations at the Hakka Hall in Tanjung Lipat here.
"Malaysia and China established diplomatic relations on May 31, 1974 and Malaysia became the first among Asean countries to establish diplomatic ties with China, thus opening a new chapter in bilateral relations," he said.
"During the past 40 years, China-Malaysia relations have embarked on a track of comprehensive, stable and pragmatic development with vigorous vitality and strong dynamics," he said.
According to him, the mutual trust continues to be deepened with the bilateral trade volume topping USD106 billion for last year.
"Our nation had set an ambitious target of hitting USD160 billion in bilateral trade with China by the end of the fifth year of this programme," he said.
"As the first nation among Asean countries to establish diplomatic ties with China, we hope in the near future, China will be able to set up a Consulate General in Kota kInabalu," he said.
Therefore, according to him, they hoped both countries would offer each other a visa exemption or simplify the visa procedures and provide more convenience to strengthen bilateral relations.
Liew, on behalf of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce Sabah branch later thanked Musa who was represented by Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) President, Datuk Bong Hon Leong and Consulate-General of the People Republic of China in Kuching, Liu Quan.