KUALA LUMPUR — The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) is taking all its effort to ensure the Langkawi population achieve the 80% herd immunity target before it reopens for the tourism business.
According to MOTAC Minister Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, the reason for Langkawi identified as the pioneer project for the Covid-19 Free destination program is due to the isolation factor and it will be easier to monitor the island in the northern part of Malaysia as well as having better international and local flight network facilities.
The MOTAC Minister is optimistic that the tourism and culture industry can be reopened based on the November target or earlier as per the Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan.
Today, she visited the Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC) PPVI and even monitored the vaccination process at the two other centres in Padang Mat Sirat public clinic and Badminton stadium at LADA Sports complex.
It was a joint cooperation between department, agencies at Federal and State level and with this launch of initiative they are expecting to target 3,000 people to receive vaccination on a daily basis.
After her visit, she had a virtual briefing with all the tourism NGO representatives.
Thereafter, in a statement she urged everyone especially in Langkawi to follow the SOPs and attend the vaccination appointment hoping the 80% herd immunity can be achieved and revive the plan to make Malaysia as a tourism destination.
Proposal by MOTAC to increase Covid-19 vaccination
On a separate note, MOTAC has proposed to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to increase the COVID-19 vaccination to all Langkawi people and MOSTI has agreed to the proposal.
“I thank MOSTI Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for realising the Covid-19 Free Destination Program for Langkawi.
“Other efforts will also be expanded to tourist destinations like Penang, Pahang, Johor, Melaka and Sabah gradually through the green travel bubble.
“The Minister Khairy promised that the vaccine supply will arrive next week and will be sufficient to achieve the 80% herd immunity.” said MOTAC Minister Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri.
So far, 76,400 people are entitled to receive the vaccine compared to the total 111,150 people.
According to Kedah’s CITF report till July 12, 61,313 people have registered for the vaccination program.
27,362 received the first dose and 20,465 received the second dose.
It means only 30% of the population in Langkawi who registered have received the complete vaccination dose. This amount is low and we are ensuring that efforts will be taken to speed up the vaccination to everyone in the island, highlighted Nancy Shukri.
She also urged everyone to come together in an effort to handle the pandemic effectively so the plan to revive the tourism industry in Langkawi can be achieved as it will give an economic contribution to the local people and bring back ways to make a living for the local tourism operators.
Photo – MOTAC UKK
Joint reporting by — Ramani and Dino G