China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian said that China will instruct and educate its citizens on how to conduct oneself while visiting Malaysia as tourists.
Recently the embassy in Malaysia was notified of complaints on its citizens being disrespectful towards Malaysians’ sensitivities, which had embarrassed Beijing.
He said, “The Chinese have a civilization dating back 5,000 years and we know how to behave properly and not offend others,”. He reportedly said the embassy here was concerned about reports of misbehavior by Chinese tourists in Malaysia.
Bai referred to a recent case in which Chinese tourists showed insensitive behavior in front of the Sabah mosque and the Malaysian authorities’ response.
“What the Malaysian authorities did was right. On our part, we will educate our tourists to behave properly in Malaysia.”
According to Tourism Malaysia’s data, China contributes the third-highest number of tourists to Malaysia in 2017 with 2,281,666 visitors, and again in 2018 with 2,944,133 visitors. Based on Tourism Malaysia’s latest available data from January 2019 to June 2019, China remains the third-highest contributor of tourists to Malaysia.
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