Liew (centre) with former District 80 Governor Wong on her right and the rest of the delegation. Third from left is Event Organising Chairperson Tan Ying Shiee.
TAWAU: The Tawau Mandarin Toastmasters Club is in a way promoting Sabah tourism by inviting counterparts from other countries to participate in the organisation’s events.
MP for Tawau Datuk Christina Liew made this observation at the 21st Installation of the Tawau Mandarin Toastmasters Club cum 20th Anniversary celebration held at Fajar Club on Saturday night.
It was also attended by an eight-member delegation from Singapore Toastmasters of District 80, led by former District Governor Wong Kok Weng (2012-2013).
“I hope the club will play an active role in the tourism industry by promoting ‘Cuti Cuti Tawau’ to Toastmasters outside Sabah,” said Liew who is also Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.
Calling on the Singapore delegation to encourage their families, relatives and friends back home to visit Sabah, the Minister said there are many places of interest in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.
“While in Tawau, you may explore attractions such as the Tawau Hills Park which boasts the tallest tropical forest tree in the world and a volcanic mountain, apart from waterfalls. We also have Sabah’s one and only Cocoa Museum in Tawau. And our Pangolin Sanctuary is coming up.”
In response, Wong said he and other Toastmasters would stay longer in Tawau in future trips to explore the tourist attractions and view the exotic wildlife. “It is interesting to hear from the Minister that Malaysia’s only surviving female Sumatran rhino is found in Sabah. We also learned that Sabah will collaborate with Indonesia for the proposed rhino breeding programme to prevent extinction.”
Liew witnessed the installation of Lim Yee Ling by her predecessor Chang Fui Se for the 2019-2020 term.
Meanwhile, Liew described Toastmasters International as a good learning platform which has benefited members from the perspectives of personal development and self-improvement through acquiring leadership and communication skills.
“As MP for Tawau, I am glad to see there are a number of Toastmasters Clubs in the district. These serve as an effective training-ground for grooming future leaders. Your efforts to promote public speaking will boost members’ confidence level, be it in their respective careers or social life,” she said.
In wishing the new Executive Committee a great year ahead, the Minister urged them to continue with their mission to train more potential leaders and thus contribute towards building a better society.