公司5楼是接待外宾的重要玄关,设计氛围宛如和式艺术坊,就连造访的日本人也不约而同惊叹不已。入口处,悬挂着一块引人入胜的板牌,淋漓尽致垂书着:“一生懸命”。

这是私交甚笃的日本三重县美彬温泉旅庄将人,中川广一社长为我量身打造的勉励寄语。他强调说,这句话标志着匠人匠精神的缩影。

不屈不挠 不言放弃

2014年,公司大楼新迁之际,他专程从关西远道飞来为我挂上,真是性情中人,更是文人 。“一生懸命”是和制汉语,读音是Isshōkenmei(いっしょけんめい)。从字面上可以边读边猜出其中含义,那是一生坚持拼搏生活,积极人生的意思。事实上,我也觉得这“一生懸命”贴切道出我的过往历程:不屈不挠、不轻言放弃,执一兼且坚持不懈。

虽然,这只是我事业版图里的一段小插曲,然而,每当公司有宾客到访时,我们家蘋果人总是不厌其烦,很认真地述说这“一生懸命”牌匾的来龙去脉。有时候总会有人提问起:它又怎会被挂在这呢?!此时此刻,重提留学日本、向东学习、居留日本的那段回味无穷的往事;其实这与往后大家所认定“蘋果旅遊=日本至尊”的真正来源不无关系……点点滴滴汇集成海,这些故事总是让宾客听得津津有味。

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

Not long ago,  our tourism minister announced to the media and on social media that any Malaysian intending to travel overseas or foreigner planning to visit this country can only do so earliest in June 2021. She said this is for the good of the country and her people. To be honest, the moment she said this, many tourism operators began to feel a chill running down their spines!

The thing is if international travels are banned, those in the tourist industry, including airline companies, will have to take the brunt, and hundreds of thousands employed in this sector will be out of work! Those in our business are still waiting patiently for the RM1 billion emergency assistance from the tourism ministry, and we have little idea where the money has gone! Our dear minister, can we look to you for our lifeline?

Between January 24 and March 17 well before the MCO, China was the first to seal its borders and this was soon followed by many other countries, marking the start of the war against the virus for the travel fraternity worldwide. Inbound travel operators, tour bus companies, hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants, private theme parks, etc. were the first to take the blows. Workers, tour guides and drivers were laid off and some companies simply shuttered their doors to stop the bleeding. The 3 to 6 month unemployment assistance provided by the government came as a relief, but what about the hefty debts those companies had on their shoulders?

 

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前阵子,旅游部长先后在不同外媒与社交媒体上暗送秋波:想出入国旅游,放眼2021年6月吧!她解释:这都是为了国家国民的安全着想。事实上,她这话一出,旅游业者们腿脚全软,心悸复心肌梗塞的也不少吧?!

关键是:无法出国旅行,对旅游产业,包括航空业在内,形同被判酷刑,影响数十万口粮,”代志”真大条哟!而我们这一行业人,还在痴痴等待着旅游部那10亿令吉紧急援助金!然,那钱的去向,却早不知其详!部长啊,我们的那口饭,还能仰赖你吗?

1月24‪至3月17日疫情的暴发初期,中国率先开始锁闭出入境边防,而各国陆续跟上。平地惊雷,旅游产业正式掀开第一回合战幕。入境旅行社、旅巴、酒店、土产店、餐饮、私企主题乐园等等都不堪第一击,全军覆没。员工导游司机也随后被解雇或解散。有些公司索性关门大吉,输少当赢!?政府发放的3 – 6个月失业援助金,正好舒缓燃眉之急!但公司里里外外的庞大交叉债务,又该怎办?!

出境旅行社更不好过,纷纷取消原本是旺季的春季出境旅行团。大多数公司毅然把开销减到最低点,员工停薪留职,拉下闸门;疫过之后再重开。一些则索性结束生意,改行去了!然而,大部分团费还卡在航空公司以及一些预付请款上。还有一部分则早在春季时,已经用在员工薪水花红奖励金上了!

眼下无法出门,旅客要索回团费,海外地接社又要求支付11-1月份不等的欠款……这下如何是好?只能尘封待定!躲避吗?算推卸吗?就把这笔债,算在病毒的头上去吧!有拖没欠!其实任谁也不愿意遇到它;一步一脚印,辛辛苦苦建立而来的企业,就此一毒一命呜呼?不仅如此,咱们出境社的业者更深刻明白,一不小心的话,长久培养的信用信誉也可能随之破产……!?对此,蘋果旅遊全体同仁皆深感庆幸,承蒙铁粉们同理与打气,相濡以沫,共渡难关!

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

Visitors striking a pose at the ‘sky mirror’, on a sandbar which is about 40 minutes by boat from the Kuala Selangor jetty.

 

Travel agency Apple Vacations is inviting Malaysians to explore their own backyard under its Go Apple Cuti-Cuti! campaign.

From the island of Langkawi to the caves of Mulu National Park, there is plenty at home to satiate your wanderlust.

In Perak alone, places like Teluk Intan, Bagan Sungai Burung and Tanjung Tualang are awash with captivating natural landscapes.
Have you experienced the “sky mirror” in Kuala Selangor?

And then there is the food. Sekinchan is where you can feast on seafood fresh off the boat.

If food is your main interest, there is Chua Lam’s Gourmet Trail which takes you on a culinary tour of Penang, Ipoh and Bukit Tinggi.

Go on a tricycle ride along heritage George Town, stroll along Komtar’s Rainbow Skywalk or enjoy the cool climate of Penang Hill.

So take time off and enjoy what we have at home.

 

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