Chinas decision to loan two of its pandas to Malaysia will stimulate the tourism industry, Malaysia’s Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.
Dr Ng said once the pandas were brought to Malaysia they would attract many international tourists to the country, Asiaone reported.
“I expect an influx of tourists from countries like Indonesia and Singapore,” Dr Ng said.
During his visit to Nanning in April 2012, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak requested from his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that the two pandas be loaned to the country .
Dr Ng said that the pair of pandas would be well looked after, adding that the female panda was fertile.
“We are hopeful it will be able to produce baby pandas during its ten year stay here,” Dr Ng said.
In other news, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia is planning to capture more investments from China, especially in the telecommunications, transportation, construction and steel manufacturing fields.
“We are delighted too that China has invited Malaysia to tap the halal products market in Ning Xia,” The deputy Prime Minister said.
“I do hope that more joint venture projects will be undertaken both in Malaysia and China in the future.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P