Malaysian government to rent scanners for entry points

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 May 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has decided to rent thermal imaging scanners to be installed at entry points to screen visitors for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said the Government has decided to rent the scanners as they would not be used for a very long time. 

Five units would be installed at the KL International Airport in Sepang, he said after the Cabinet meeting here yesterday. 

On Tuesday, Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Merican said about 30 scanners would be installed this week – five in KLIA, 11 at the Second Link in Gelang Patah and 14 at the Causeway in Tanjung Puteri.  

On the drop in tourist arrivals following the SARS scare, Dr Ling said the situation in Malaysia was improving. 

For instance, he said, the 30% drop in passengers in KLIA in the third week of April had stabilised.  

“Malaysia is not a SARS-affected country. Right now, almost everywhere in Malaysia, except the hospitals, is safe (from SARS) for travellers ,” he said. 

In fact, Dr Ling said he expected tourist arrivals to pick up when people from the Middle East started coming to Malaysia for their summer holidays between June and September 

He added that the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry officials had updated them (the tourists) on the situation in Malaysia. 

He said Malaysia Airlines would also stop the pre-screening of passengers from England, the United States and Vietnam because the World Health Organisation had taken them off the list of affected countries. 

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