Selangor Tourism, Consumer and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong says she had been purposely left out when the Tourism Minister previously visited some popular state destinations.
“(Datuk Seri) Azalina (Othman Said) had visited Batu Caves, Pulau Ketam and the Royal Gallery in Klang. I was left out on purpose, when by convention I should be the one informed to host or accompany the minister,” she said in press statement.
Wong said she had never received an invitation to programmes organised by the Selangor Tourism Action Council.
She strongly denied a recent comment by Azalina that the ministry did not discriminate against executive councillors from Pakatan Rakyat-led states in its promotional activities.
“The minister challenged me to prove that I was never invited to Pulau Carey for her programme there. Allow me to state publicly that I was never invited to Carey Island by the minister,” she said.
Wong further said Azalina had never officially stepped foot on Carey Island.
She said she was present at the ministry’s launch of Zoom Centre on Carey Island where the Prime Minister launched the event.
“The executive councillors for tourism from Kedah, Penang and I even had the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister, who was seated at the next table,” she said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Azalina had said during the question and answer session in Parliament that the ministry had carried out tourism promotion activities in every state without discrimination.
She said the activities also included states led by the Opposition, and that the same allocations were provided to all state Tourism Action Councils.
The minister had also said the Selangor executive council was invited to Carey Island for the launch of the Zoom Centre but did not turn up.
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