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Quote of the Week for April 27, 2003

From Alfred Tonkiss, CEO of One Asia Travel Group (Jakarta) Commenting on Toronto's Anger their Inclusion on the W.H.O. NegativeTravel Advisory:

(4/28/2003) "I do not wish evil upon anyone else after being the constant victim of evil here in Asia, specifically Indonesia. Neither do I wish to downplay the seriousness of SARS either.

However, it is very interesting to note the reactions and vociferous response by Canada, a western nation who 'willy nilly' issues travel warnings and advisories on others, when they receive similar treatment themselves.

At the recent PATA Conference held in Bali, the subject of travel warnings was a prime topic for discussion and it is interesting to note that, among the three Ambassadors who formed part of the panel on this topic, was the Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia. It was also interesting to note that all three agreed among themselves that it was their duty to protect the interests of their nationals above all else, even if only in slight doubt.

Under the circumstances why should Canada or any other country receive different treatment?"