KUCHING, Sept 30 (Bernama) -- It is the British press that is giving bad publicity about Malaysia to Britons, Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club Tour chairman Peter Cameron said Thursday.
"They love to sensationalise their news to win readership and improve circulation," he told a press conference after meeting Second Minister of Finance, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
Cameron, who has worked in peninsula Malaysia as chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank between 1977 and 1987, said people in Malaysia were friendly and not what the British media made them out to be.
"If I had not worked here and the contacts gathered over the years, I would not be able to organise the Rolls-Royce tour in 2001 and next year," he said.
He said he met Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and people in Britain love him.
"I know how the media in Malaysia operates. They are friendly and very responsible," he said, adding that the reports about Malaysia linked with terrorists were absolutely rubbish and not true as reported by the British press.
"People here are peace loving people. In 2001, club members were literally in tears and refused to go home after the terrific experience and wonderful stay in peninsula Malaysia," he said.
This time, the members plan to raise RM160,000 which would be channelled to charity bodies.
The tour will take the club members in vintage Rolls-Royce from Kuching to Brunei and then to Sabah.
"We have received interest from the Sultan of Selangor who may want to join us. We are grateful to the Sarawak government for this opportunity of a lifetime," he said.
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