PETALING JAYA: All necessary precautionary measures against Covid-19 have been taken by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for both passengers and facilities, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said MAS had conducted disinfection exercises on its flights as part of the safety measures recommended by the Health Ministry.
"This is also part of MAS' preparation before resuming back operation to Sabah and Sarawak," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (April 16).
It had been reported earlier that MAS would resume flights between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak this week.
The flights are KL-Kuching-KL, KL-Miri-KL, and KL-Kota Kinabalu–KL.
The flights will operate once a week.
Dr Wee said the protection of passengers and MAS staff from Covid-19 would be prioritised.
"Thank you to all MAS staff as they will continue with their flights to Sabah and Sarawak," he said.
Meanwhile in a separate Facebook post, Dr Wee said he had proposed during a government meeting the specific steps that should be taken for the country to stimulate the economy through research and development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"A complete and drastic transformation is needed in terms of digital infrastructure in the country, including to give necessary training in order to make science, technology, innovation and economy the main focus for the youth in the private and public sector.
"Many critical sectors need to introduce digitalisation, including food safety, a future-proof work force and fiscal sustainability," he said.
The meeting was attended by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
"We will continue to discuss all the important matters, although we are still in the movement control period (MCO), for the interest of the rakyat and the country," he added.