KUALA LUMPUR: The haze has made Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor an angry man, and it has got more to do than just the air quality.
Rather, it is the foreign media’s unfair spotlight on Malaysia that has the minister seething.
Yesterday, Tengku Adnan said the foreign media seemed to be picking on Malaysia even though countries like Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore were also affected.
He said this resulted in some countries issuing travel advisories against Malaysia only.
“The foreign press is rubbishing Malaysia. I heard Australian TV stations and the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) talk about Malaysia, (but) why not Singapore, Brunei or Indonesia? Why only Malaysia?” he asked, adding that he was saddened by such discrimination.
Tengku Adnan wondered if he was the cause of the unfair focus.
“Maybe they like to pick on me ... some people like me, some do not and some hate me. And some are envious of Malaysia,” he told reporters before witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Interexpo (M) Sdn Bhd and Pempena Sdn Bhd on KL International Buskers Festival 2006.
He said the haze had affected not only tourists but also locals and nothing much could be done about it.
To counter the damage done by the foreign media, the minister urged the local press to report responsibly.