Kuala Lumpur : She was considered an extremely efficient and dynamic Minister of Tourism, and she can be credited with many initiatives such as boosting home stays and promoting new tourism activities such as art tourism.
But unfortunately, she was also highly unpopular among the tourism trade as well as voters. Most people found her to be totally disconnected from the real world and looked down on others. After losing her constituency seat, former Malaysia Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, now makes way for a new Minister following the recent election which brought incumbent Prime Minister Nasjib Tun Razak back into office.
The new strong man for tourism is a Malay, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. Entered in the political arena since the early 90s, the 59-year-old was a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of parliamentary affairs since 2008. He is a rather controversial figure in the political field speaking, his mind in outspoken ways, and he has a rather unusual way of doing politics in Malaysia.
Talking to the financial magazine, Edge Malaysia, outgoing Minister of Tourism Ng Yen Yen said that she was confident that the ministry would spur on to greater heights under Nazri’s leadership. “He is the right man for the job,” she said, in welcoming Nazri to a “hardworking, result-oriented but happy” ministry. Ng was speaking to her staff before officially handing over her duties to Nazri, on Friday.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s appointment as the Tourism and Culture Minister is an acknowledgement by the government that it is an important revenue generating entity, explained Ng Yen Yen.