Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said during the recent Tenang by-election campaign dirty food stalls, toilets and drains were cited by tourists as the negative aspect of Malaysian tourism which they otherwise regarded as vibrant with natural beauty.
Launching the "1Malaysia Green, 1Malaysia Clean" programme for the Segamat district at the Hotspring Recreation Centre here, she said the problem could only be resolved if the people changed their attitude.
She said there was much potential for growth of the tourism industry but it could only become a reality if the "clean and beautiful" slogan became a daily practice and culture of the people.
"The Tourism Ministry takes into consideration the complaints of the tourists. We have to look into cleanliness. We have to ensure that the people assume the responsibility to clean the country clean at all times," she said.
On the Hotspring Recreation Centre, she said a study would be undertaken to consider improvements to draw more visitors, especially from Singapore.