Sandakan can’t solely depend on orang utans for tourists
Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir
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(From right) Teo, Vivian and Liau visiting one of the stalls.
SANDAKAN: Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing Frankie Poon, said Sandakan can no longer rely on the Orang Utan to attract tourists nor solely depend on oil palm for export revenue.

“The world is changing. We need to adapt to these changes, quickly and constantly in order not to be left behind, be it in economic, sports, scientific or even culinary development. 

 “In fact, I urge all parties here, the Stan, government departments and agencies, stall operators, audiences and Sandakan people to be part of this new engine of growth to propel Sandakan forward,” he said.

His speech was delivered by his political secretary Liau Fui Fui, at the closing of 2nd Sandakan Food and Agriculture Festival at Bandar Kim Fung. Also present, Sandakan Member of Parliament Vivian Wong and Stan President Teo Chee Kim.

Meanwhile, Stan committed to bring more interesting events to Sandakan, following the success of Sandakan Food and Agriculture Festival held recently.  

Its President Teo Chee Kim, said the Sandakan Food Agriculture Festival which was held from Sept 13 to 15 received tremendous support from the locals. 

He believed such Festival was most awaited by Sandakan people as they can taste various cuisines and beverages from new and established food operators and hotels around the district.

As it also held during holiday season and enlivened with activities, the Festival managed to attract visitors to participate and stayed during the events which started from 4.30pm until 9.30pm.

Sandakan Food Agriculture was organised by Stan with the collaboration of Sabah Tourism Board, Malaysia Tourism Board who flew in 22 social media influencers and food bloggers from Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Kota Kinabalu in an effort to promote Sandakan as a foodie destination. 


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