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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Umno Youth chief calls for Tiong's head over DG demotion, bak kut teh saga

Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh has called for Tourism Minister Tiong King Sing’s head to roll following several recent issues involving the latter.

In a statement, Akmal said these include for pork-based dish bak kut teh being included in the country’s list of heritage foods, as well as the demotion of Tourism Malaysia director-general Ammar Abd Ghapar.

“Rather than recognising bak kut teh as a heritage food, it is better to acknowledge other dishes, such as Nasi Goreng Cina and other types of food that can be consumed by people of all races and religions.

“If the minister cannot think of Malaysians’ sensitivity, it’s time we urge Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to just fire the minister,” Akmal wrote on Facebook today.

“If the tourism DG can be demoted for failing to perform, the same reason can be used for a minister who is not only not performing but is the worst minister in history. Tiong better resign!” he added.

Tiong came under the spotlight last week after Ammar confirmed that he received a letter notifying him that he is no longer the DG, effective Feb 26 (Monday).

Tiong later clarified that Ammar was demoted to deputy director-general because he could not perform the given task of attracting tourists into the country.

The Ammar saga was followed by a report that bak kut teh has been gazetted as a heritage food, along with burasak, and uthappam. - Mkini

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