It was widely reported that yesterday (Sunday, 7th June) that 1000 bookings were made for hotel rooms in Langkawi – in less than 1 hour!
This came shortly after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will begin this week. Turns out, the news is not true.
The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) – which represents more than 1000 hotel members in Malaysia – claims that the quote by Langkawi Tourism Association CEO Zainudin Kadir in Astro Awani is questionable. Is the association’s membership and source of data even reliable?
“A quick search on the internet revealed a defunct webpage offering investment and stock exchange, banking and business consulting services – among others. Its Facebook page is also inactive,” MAH was quoted as saying.
MAH Kedah and Perlis MAH chairman Eugene Dass has also released a statement confirming that the 1000 bookings within that short duration did not take place. “Instead, the said news caused much anxiety and concern among hoteliers and their employees as to how such flawed information could spread through reputable news agencies,” Dass added.