‘Allow travel bubbles in Desaru, Mersing and Muar’

Tee says it is time for Johor to adopt a series of strategies to help boost the state’s tourism industry.

ESTABLISHING travel bubbles in three destinations in Johor will be a positive start to revitalising the state’s tourism industry.

Johor Mentri Besar’s adviser Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, who was a state tourism, domestic trade and consumerism committee chairman, urged the Federal Government to give the green light for the proposed travel bubbles in Desaru in Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Muar as soon as possible.

“Now that Johor is in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), it is time for us to adopt a series of economic revitalisation strategies which includes allowing tourism activities to begin in the three areas.

“This will help the tourism industry, which has taken a huge hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, to start its road to recovery,” he said.

It was reported in The Star that the state’s tourism department, Tourism Johor, had put forward a proposal to the Federal Government early September to establish travel bubbles for these three destinations.

Tee, who is also Pontian MCA division chief, said the Malaysia-Singapore border closure since March last year had left a huge impact on Johor’s economy. Hasni has gained public feedback to plan for Phase Three of the NRP.Hasni has gained public feedback to plan for Phase Three of the NRP.

He hoped for Putrajaya to speed up talks with Singapore on reopening the borders, as more than 2.59 million people in Johor had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 2.1 million from the total were fully vaccinated as of Sept 26.

He added that 73,395 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 3,436 were fully vaccinated.

This also meant that about 93% of the adult population had received their first dose and 77.4% had completed their vaccination, he added.

Tee also said that since Johor entered Phase Two of the NRP on Sept 24, he and Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad had gone to the ground to get public feedback and views to better plan for Phase Three.

“Through our exchanges, we understand that the people are still anxious over the current situation but the state government will do its best to assist them through this difficult period.

“The pandemic will slowly dissipate and the economic recovery process will improve gradually, so it is important for the people to learn to coexist with the virus.

“However, the people are reminded to keep adhering to the standard operating procedure even with the gradual reopening of economic sectors, because it is only with everyone’s cooperation can we move forward and recover quickly,” he said.

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