Government AffairsThe Malaysian resort island is on track to achieve herd immunity by early September.

Pangkor joins reopening queue

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MOTAC collaborates with PETEKMA Pangkor Island Branch to facilitate the movement of villagers to receive their vaccines.
MOTAC collaborates with PETEKMA Pangkor Island Branch to facilitate the movement of villagers to receive their vaccines. Photo Credit: Tourism Malaysia

Another island in Malaysia has been flagged for tourism reopening.

Following the pilot destination Langkawi, Kedah in Phase 1, Perak's Pangkor Island has been selected to pilot Phase 2 of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture's (MOTAC) Covid-19 Free Destination Programme.

Pangkor Island, which has a population of 11,500 people, is expected to reach the target of 80% of the group's immunity level by early September this year.

To promote its "Rindu Melancong? Jom Vaksin Dulu!" (Miss Travelling? Let's Get Vaccinated First) Campaign, MOTAC has also collaborated with the Malaysian Association of Taxi/Limousine Drivers and Operators and Car Rental Operators (PETEKMA) Pangkor Island Branch to facilitate the movement of villagers to receive their vaccines.

"Even though they have registered through the MySejahtera app, we will try to help speed up and double the number of the vaccination rate," said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri. "We at MOTAC are helping to double the number of people, including the frontline workers in the tourism sector."

Tourism Malaysia is actively supporting the campaign to encourage locals to get their vaccinations so they can travel safely.

After Langkawi and Pangkor, more islands such as Redang Island, Perhentian Island, Tioman Island are expected to follow suit in an attempt to revive the tourism industry.

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