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M'sia tourism hit harder by abductions than MH370

Malaysia's tourism minister said visitor arrivals have been hit harder by a spate of kidnappings in the state of Sabah, than by the disappearance of flight MH370.

SINGAPORE: Malaysia's tourism minister said visitor arrivals have been hit harder by a spate of kidnappings in the state of Sabah, than by the disappearance of flight MH370.

Tourism to Malaysia from China suffered after the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight went missing in March.

But Nazri Aziz said the impact was greater after a Chinese tourist and Filipino worker were abducted from Sabah in April.

He told parliament at least 76 flights from Chinese cities to Kota Kinabalu have since been cancelled.

Countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany have also issued travel advisories to their citizens visiting Sabah.

There have been three kidnapping cases in the east coast of Sabah this year alone, all linked to militants based in the southern Philippines.

The latest incident took place on Monday, where a Malaysian fish farm worker and his Filipino worker were abducted by at least four armed men. 

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