The Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Environment will conduct a brainstorming session to come up with ideas and effective plans for the post-Covid-19 period involving sectors that come under the ministry.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew said the discussions were vital in ensuring tourism and other related areas under her Ministry was able to proceed without any hiccups after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
"The tourism sector is badly affected and has come to a standstill. However, I am confident that we will be able to bounce back.
"I will call all heads of department to brainstorm on what we will do after Covid-19," she said after witnessing the presentation of personal protection equipment (PPE) to Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) from Chinese-based companies today.
Liew, who also expressed her gratitude towards China's assistance to the state said that Sabah would continue to promote the bilateral relationships with China and would further enhance it once the situation returns to normal.
Present at the PPE handing over ceremony were Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman, China's consul-general in Kota Kinabalu Liang Ciade, and representatives from Fujian Fusun Investment Co Ltd as well as Skyrich Development Sdn Bhd.
Liang said the Chinese government and the nation's citizens were in solidarity with Sabah and would provide the necessary support to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
"The Chinese consulate is ready to provide support to ensure the situation in Sabah is stable and we are confident the state government will be able to beat the Covid-19.
"I also believe Sabah tourism will recover soon and that the Chinese tourists would return to the state in the near future," he said.
Thanking private companies for their generous contribution to DBKK, Nordin said the PPE supply was very much needed among the local authority front liners, who were also most at risk from the Covid-19 infection.
He noted DBKK staff and officers, who have been exposed to the virus, had been screened and had undergone 14-day home quarantine.
"So far, none of our staff are infected and everyone is in good health. That's why such contribution by the private sector is useful to help contain the spread of infection," he said.
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