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Travel plans of Indian tourists who will be travelling to Malaysia during the summer holidays have not been affected in spite on the controversy surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines plane that was carrying 239 people onboard, including five Indians, said M Hatimi Abas, Consul General of Malaysia, on Thursday.
"Initially, during the first three days (after the plane's disappearance), there was some scare. But, now things are back to normal. There are no cancellations of tourists travelling to Malaysia," said Abas, who was in Ahmedabad to inaugurate a three-day-long exhibition featuring Malaysian companies.
Abas said there were no safety issues surrounding flights that were headed to tourist locations in Malaysia. According to the diplomat there are over 350,000 Indians travelling to Malaysia every year, while 100,000 Malaysians visit India.
An artwork conveying well-wishes for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen at a viewing gallery in Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 19, 2014. (REUTERS)
"Malaysian government is not trying to hide anything as far as this incident is concerned. There were five Indians onboard. The Indian government has done a background check and has cleared all of them," added Abas who is on his maiden visit to Gujarat.
We are trying our level best to locate the aircraft. There are a lost of possibilities. However, our government will not give up till the aircraft is found.
"We have asked the Indian government to search for debris near the Indian coast," Abas added.
Talking about his visit to the state and the exhibition in Ahmedabad, Abas said that Malaysian companies taking part in the exhibition will be holding B2B meetings with local industrialists in Gujarat. "This visit is to show our seriousness in having collaboration with Indian businesses," the official added.
The exhibition will showcase leading Malaysian service providers from four distinctive sectors like Logistics, education, lifestyle and construction.
An artwork conveying well-wishes for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is seen at a viewing gallery in Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 19, 2014.(Reuters)
Malaysia's trade with India increased by USD 13.38 billion in 2013, compared to the USD 13.32 billion a year ago.