Melaka to appeal against CMCO to save tourism

MELAKA: The state government will appeal against the implementation of the conditional movement control order (MCO) to save its ailing tourism industry, says Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

The Chief Minister said he would bring up the matter during the National Security Council meeting on Covid-19 to look into relaxing the conditional MCO to allow inter-district travel.

“Melaka is highly dependent on tourism products and activities for its fiscal growth,” he said yesterday.

Earlier, Sulaiman launched a tourism initiative called “Melakans visit Melaka”, aimed at cushioning the impact of a drastic drop in local visitors due to the ongoing conditional MCO in the Klang Valley, Putrajaya and Seremban.

On Saturday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that all states in the Peninsular Malaysia would be placed under conditional MCO from today until Dec 6, except for Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis.

Due to this, Sulaiman said he was informed that nine roadblocks would be set up in the state.

“The people from Alor Gajah and Jasin will not be able to enter the heart of city,” he said.

Sulaiman said the travel restriction had put a damper on the tourism campaign.

Under the initiative, locals will be able to enjoy discounted entrance tickets to 18 tourist spots in the state.

Melaka is also highly dependent on tourists from Johor and northern states.

Melaka Tourism Business Club vice-chairman Dennis Samford thanked Sulaiman for considering the plights of tourism players.

“The Chief Minister has been very supportive. We hope he can convince the authorities to relax the conditional MCO to assist the struggling local tourism industry,” he said.

Samford said hoteliers would not be able to survive with the month-long conditional MCO.

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