Opening of tourism sector lauded

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah during press conference the ACS vaccination centre. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The proposal by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to ease travel restrictions for those who have completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is a welcome move.

Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he is all for the opening up of the tourism industry and giving some freedom to those who have been fully inoculated.

“What is the point of having vaccination when one is restricted in movement just like those who have not been vaccinated at all,” he told New Sarawak Tribune today (July 16).

He however said such movements must comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.

On July 15, Muhyiddin said he had asked the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) to look into giving some leeway for those who have completed both doses of the vaccine be allowed to travel between states or dining at restaurants.

The prime minister said this was necessary so that people’s lives could gradually return to normal.

Meanwhile, Federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said she was optimistic that the tourism industry in the country could reopen as early as September.