Ministry draws up comprehensive tourism recovery plan

(From left) Naroden and Nancy watch as a recipient is being vaccinated.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has prepared a holistic tourism recovery framework in line with the National Recovery Plan announced by the Prime Minister recently.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Hajah Nancy Shukri said the framework outlines three phases to help the government accelerate vaccination programmes nationwide so that ‘The Covid-19 Free Destination Programme’ can be implemented successfully in the country.

“The success of the vaccination programme could give hope to the industry players to recover immediately as the industry’s operations are now increasingly affected and need to be saved as soon as possible,” she said during her visit to Gedong Community Hall Vaccination Centre (PPV) today (June 26).

Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, said the Covid-19 Vaccine Immunisation Program (PICK) in Gedong had successfully achieved its target in giving the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in both Simunjan and Sadong Jaya area.

She was pleased with the positive response from recipients here that showed that the level of public awareness of PICK was increasing.

“I am satisfied with the residents here as the daily target of 500 recipients can be achieved. Such cooperation from them is very important for the vaccination process in the state to be implemented over a short period.

“As a caring government, we want to ensure that the immunity of the people in the state reaches a convincing level. Not only that, we need to be prepared. If the Covid-19 outbreak emergency ends in August, the Sarawak will need to prepare for the state election which can be held at any time subject to the situation,” she added.

The PICK programme in Simunjan district which was held on June 14 to June 22 managed to vaccinate a total of 6,274 people comprising frontliners, senior citizens and high risk groups.

Meanwhile, Gedong assemblyman Datuk Mohamad Naroden Majais said they were targetingto vaccinate 4,000 residents in Gedong by July 3.

“The vaccination process here started at Ulu Simunjan from June 13 and lasted for five days to vaccinate a total of 2,050 residents.

“This week it is Gedong’s turn where 2,500 registered for their vaccination but we are targeting up to 4,000 residents to show up until July 3.

“The vaccination programmes will continue at Sungai Batang Sadong area from Kampung Benar all the way to Sungai Melayu targetting more than 1,000 people in the areas,” he said.