There group of unidentified gunmen after the couple

          There are several crime
incidents which is kidnapping cases which occurred in Sabah for the past few
years. Early on 15 November 2013, a Taiwanese man was shot dead and his wife was
kidnapped by a group of unidentified gunmen after the couple being attacked in
the resort of Pom Pom Island off Semporna, east coast of Sabah. The Taiwanese’s
wife was rescued by Philippines security forces later on 20 December 2013 (The
Star, 2014). Tourist being kidnaped incident happened again on 2 April 2014,
which a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel employee from Singamata Reef
Resort in Semporna, Sabah, were kidnapped. This incident caused a dramatic
decline of Chinese tourist arrivals from China to Sabah (The Star, 2014). Tourist
kidnapping incidents in Sabah, adversely affected Malaysia’s tourism sector. Lee,
C.F., (2014), further explained that the Chinese-tourist kidnapping incidents
resulted flights from China to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital were been
cancelled. As of April, 76 flights from China to Kota Kinabalu were cancelled.
Among the 76 cancelled flights, 10 were Malaysia Airlines flights from
Shanghai, 22 were China Southern Airlines flights from Shenzhen and 44 were Spring
Airlines flights from Shanghai. Moreover, twin
tragedies of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights MH370 and MH17 has make 2014 a
tragic year for Malaysia. MH370 is still unaccounted since its mysterious
disappearance on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Just four
months later, another MAS flight MH17, was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July
17.This incidents prompted many tourists from China to avoid the Southeast
Asian country, causing business operators to suffer conservatively RM10 million
loss and the amount reaches RM100 million for the whole tourism market (Khmer
Times, 2014). Malaysian government had taken several measures to reduce
the loss due to the tragic incidents occurred in 2014. According to the news reported
in The Star, 2014, Tourism and Culture Minister conducted tourism campaigns in other
countries, such as  Thailand, Singapore,
Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Australia
and New Zealand. Malaysia established a crisis management committee specifically
to tackle China’s tourism sector in order to rebuild the China tourist’s
confidence of to visit Malaysia.

            Furthermore,
a tourist from China wrote to reader’s column in
Sin Chew Daily about them being victim of theft during their visit to Malacca. A
thief on motorcycle has snatched a camera from one of their members in the group.
They were extremely shocked that such incident took place under broad daylight
(Malaysian Chinese news, 2014).  Recently
in one of the hotel in Kuala Lumpur, two tourists become victims of a snatch
theft at the entrance of the hotel, where a man on motorcycle rides into view
and quickly snatches one of the tourist’s phone and rides off quickly. (The
STAR, 2017). This incidents has eroded international
tourist’s confidence on safety during their visit to Malaysia.

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