Driver investigated after saying Malaysia is not good place for tourists

By Hoang Vu   June 11, 2024 | 02:52 am PT
Driver investigated after saying Malaysia is not good place for tourists
Tourists walk past a souvenir stall in George Town, a UNESCO world heritage site in the northern state of Penang, Malaysia, April 28, 2019. Photo by Reuters
Authorities in Malaysia are investigating an e-hailing driver who defamed the country's tourism reputation and insulted Islam religion through a recent viral video.

In a video posted on June 4 on a TikTok account "Samisma_News & AATV Rakyat News," the driver was seen picking up a British tourist in Penang and talking to the tourist about Malaysia.

While the tourist showed his love to Penang, the driver said Malaysia is generally not a good place and Thailand is really a paradise to him.

"After Penang, you can go to Langkawi but that's it. There's no place else you can go," the driver told the tourist.

The driver called Malaysia as an "unfair" place.

"We could've had fun, but because this is a Muslim country, they want us to follow their lifestyle. This is unfair, right?," the driver claimed, adding that living in Malaysia is almost equivalent to living in a cave or the jungle.

The video went viral on some social media platforms, triggering public criticism against the driver for badmouthing Malaysia to foreign tourists.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said a check will be made with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to obtain the details of the TikTok account owner and identify the driver, Daily Express Malaysia reported.

The case will be investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Malaysia, known for its cultural treasures and iconic landmarks, recorded nearly 29 million foreign arrivals last year, becoming the most popular destination in Southeast Asia.

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