Malaysian Tourism Office reports that the peninsular Malaysia was spared the full impact of the tsunami.

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: We were supposed to travel to Malaysia next month for a vacation but with the recent tsunami disaster, I'm not sure how things are there. Is it possible to get an update? Any information you have would be helpful to us.

A: Despite the recent tsunami disaster, the Malaysian Tourism Office reports that the peninsular Malaysia was spared the full impact of the tsunami as it is sheltered by the island of Sumatra and not directly exposed to the Indian Ocean.

While some areas such as the holiday islands of Penang and Langkawi as well as some coastal areas in the states of Perlis and Kedah sustained damage, they are now reporting to be back in business.

"In Langkawi, all hotels and resorts in the affected areas are now operating as usual, while tourist attractions are unaffected," reports the office and adds, "In Penang, the impact was minimal. The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang Chapter reported no damage to hotels and their surrounding areas and facilities."

Since Malaysia has quickly recovered from the tsunami, the country is now assisting neighboring countries. For example, in Acheh a Special Malaysian Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) has been sent to provide help on the ground where it is needed and the National Council of Women's Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) has created a humanitarian Aid Fund for Sri Lanka among other relief efforts from other Malaysian organizations.

For more details, the Malaysian Tourism Office has issued an update on the post-tsunami situation of Malaysia which you can consult online at www.tourism.gov.my/tsunami/.

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