He said that although his ministry had taken various steps to increase the number of tourists to Malaysia, incidents such as the mudslides in Cameron Highlands and security issues in East Sabah affected tourism activities in the country.
"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's statement during the launch of Visit Malaysia Year 2014, that tourism in Malaysia is every citizen's responsibility, is absolutely right.
He said, however, the Tourism and Culture Ministry would continue to take steps and initiatives to promote Malaysia as the destination of choice.
Responding to reporters, he acknowledged the fact that the landslides and flash flood incidents at Kampung Raja, Ringlet town, and Bertam valley in Cameron Highlands on Nov 5, which claimed five lives, had adversely affected tourism activities at the highlands.
"I don't think you need a degree in tourism to know that tourism is affected there. Cameron Highlands is a very popular tourist destination to enjoy the cool climate, which is now not very cool anymore.
"Then the landslide happens...all this is attracting wide media coverage, and the whole world knows now. Definitely foreign tourists will take note of this. It is very disheartening," he said.
The exhibition which began on Sept 20 and ends on Feb 20, 2015 has a collection of more that 360 weapons, dating back to the pre-historic age to modern weaponry like helicopters, tanks and artillery canons.