‘No more Malaysia’, say Chinese travelers

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mh370-family-memberFrom 1.7 million travelers in 2013 to some 2 million this year were the projections of Malaysia’s tourism authorities of Chinese tourists visiting the nation. This is about 8 per cent of the total annual tourism numbers.

But this was before the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared.

It seems that the numbers now need to be readjusted. The handling of the MH370 tragedy has opened a deep crisis between the two countries, culminating in a March 25 protest march of outraged MH370 passenger relatives to the Malaysian embassy in Beijing were severe clashes could be avoided only through a massive police presence.

The tragedy of the flight has made it less likely that Chinese would include Malaysia in future travel plans, a spontaneous poll by Chinese Internet portal Sina.com revealed.

As of March 25, the online poll found that 77 per cent of more than 38,400 respondents said the incident had influenced whether they’d be likely to travel to Malaysia in the future. Another 19 per cent said it hadn’t made a difference, while 4 per cent said they weren’t sure.

The Sina webpage also included harsh comments: “The Malays must give an explanation. The Chinese people are not fools,” read one message. “Never go to Malaysia as a tourist,” read another.

The situation is a strong setback for Malaysia’s relations with China. Less than half a year ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping made his first-ever visit to Malaysia to usher in what China’s state media dubbed a “new era” in Sin0-Malaysian relations, as the two-countries agreed to increase trade and cooperate on everything from agriculture to energy.

“It’s a miracle that so many achievements have been made within such a short period of time,” Tan Khai Hee, secretary general of Malaysia-China Friendship Association, told Xinhua after the October visit.

However, the new close friendship ended abruptly with the disappearance of MH370.

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From 1.7 million travelers in 2013 to some 2 million this year were the projections of Malaysia’s tourism authorities of Chinese tourists visiting the nation. This is about 8 per cent of the total annual tourism numbers.

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mh370-family-memberFrom 1.7 million travelers in 2013 to some 2 million this year were the projections of Malaysia’s tourism authorities of Chinese tourists visiting the nation. This is about 8 per cent of the total annual tourism numbers.

But this was before the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared.

It seems that the numbers now need to be readjusted. The handling of the MH370 tragedy has opened a deep crisis between the two countries, culminating in a March 25 protest march of outraged MH370 passenger relatives to the Malaysian embassy in Beijing were severe clashes could be avoided only through a massive police presence.

The tragedy of the flight has made it less likely that Chinese would include Malaysia in future travel plans, a spontaneous poll by Chinese Internet portal Sina.com revealed.

As of March 25, the online poll found that 77 per cent of more than 38,400 respondents said the incident had influenced whether they’d be likely to travel to Malaysia in the future. Another 19 per cent said it hadn’t made a difference, while 4 per cent said they weren’t sure.

The Sina webpage also included harsh comments: “The Malays must give an explanation. The Chinese people are not fools,” read one message. “Never go to Malaysia as a tourist,” read another.

The situation is a strong setback for Malaysia’s relations with China. Less than half a year ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping made his first-ever visit to Malaysia to usher in what China’s state media dubbed a “new era” in Sin0-Malaysian relations, as the two-countries agreed to increase trade and cooperate on everything from agriculture to energy.

“It’s a miracle that so many achievements have been made within such a short period of time,” Tan Khai Hee, secretary general of Malaysia-China Friendship Association, told Xinhua after the October visit.

However, the new close friendship ended abruptly with the disappearance of MH370.

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