Domestic travel can be revived

The end of the various forms of the movement control order (MCO) could lead to the revival of domestic tourism. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: The end of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is a boon to the revival of domestic tourism, said federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Nancy Shukri

“I welcome the decision to terminate the CMCO in several areas in the country which will start tomorrow (Dec 7) as announced by the Senior Minister (Security), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob,” she said on Sunday.

She said this in response to the federal government’s decision to end the CMCO and allowing inter-district and inter-state travel beginning Monday.

Ismail Sabri said there will no longer be roadblocks and travellers will no longer require a police permit, except for certain areas under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

Nancy said the decision could indirectly revive domestic tourism through the Domestic Travel Bubble initiative which has now facilitated movement across all zones without the need for police permission.

“However, movement in and out of enhanced movement control order (EMCO) areas is not allowed,” she said.

She said among the areas where CMCO is terminated are Perak (except for the districts of Kinta, Mukim Teja and Mukim Changkat Jong), Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam and Hulu Selangor.

“Meanwhile, Putrajaya’s CMCO will be terminated starting tomorrow (Monday). Kelantan will also be terminated tomorrow (Monday) except for the districts of Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Machang and Tanah Merah,” she said.

Nancy said, however, all travels must be done safely and in accordance to the recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Let us prove that we are able to fight Covid-19 and travel responsibly in order to redevelop the tourism economy that has gone through great challenges this year,” she said.