New Minister of Tourism for Malaysia

Eurasia News

Kualalumpur: She was considered as an extremely efficient and dynamic Minister of Tourism. And she can be credited with many initiatives such as boosting homestays, promoting new tourism activities such as art tourism.

But unfortunately, she was also highly unpopular among the tourism trade as well as voters. Most people blamed her to be indeed totally disconnected from the real world and look down at others. After losing her constituency seat, former Malaysia Minister of Tourism and Culture Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen makes now way to a new Minister following the recent election which brought back incumbent Prime Minister Nasjib Tun Razak back into office.

The new strong man for tourism is a Malay, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. Entered in the political arena since the early 90s, the 59-year old new Tourism Minister was since 2008 a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of parliamentary affairs. He is a rather controversial figure in the political field speaking his mind in outspoken ways, a rather unusual form of doing politics in Malaysia…

Talking to the financial magazine the Edge Malaysia, outgoing Minister of Tourism Ng Yen Yen said that she was confident that the ministry would spur to greater heights under Nazri’s leadership. “He is the right man for the job,” she said, in welcoming Nazri to a “hardworking, result oriented but happy” ministry; Ng was speaking to her staff before officially handing over her duties to Nazri, on Friday.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s appointment as the tourism and culture minister is an acknowledgement by the government that it is an important revenue generating entity, explained Ng Yen Yen.