PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) says he has suggestions to revive the ailing tourism industry in his Langkawi, his parliamentary constituency
In a blog post on www.chedet.cc Wednesday (Nov 4), the Langkawi MP said that the government should listen to the problems of the small businesses which are suffering economically due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I have just returned from Langkawi, which is a Covid-19 green zone, after a three-day trip.
"When I was there, the situation was gloomy. The movement control order (MCO) imposed on Langkawi has affected the tourism industry badly.
"There are only a few flights to Langkawi from Subang and Sepang every day.
"Businessmen are complaining, many shops have shuttered – some temporarily, some for good.
"There are many ways and proposals made to fix the Langkawi economy. However, until today, there has been no approval from the government. Perhaps it is due to the pandemic.
"However, if planned properly with Covid-19 standard operating procedures in mind, the tourism and other industries can be fixed.
"Not only can this be done without government allocation, but it will also be able to contribute towards the government's funds.
"I worry about the long-term effects on Langkawi's economy.
"Perhaps the government can listen to the pleas of small businessmen and consider. I will continue to contribute ideas if it helps," said Dr Mahathir.
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