IPOH: The "blue tears" phenomenon of Pulau Sembilan, an island cluster off the coast of Bagan Datuk, has recovered since the island's closure in 2017, says Perak Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi (pic).
The blue tears are caused by bioluminescent organisms, which glow with a blue hue.
Unregulated tourism caused the phenomenon to diminish, among other environmental problems, prompting the authorities to order the island closed to visitors.
“The white sandy beach has also improved greatly, and the flora that were damaged due to development before have also been rehabilitated.
“At the moment we are still seeking approval for the islands to be opened, but since there is interstate travel restriction now, we will wait for the borders to be opened first, ” Nolee told a press conference after the Geopark community pre-launching at the Tanjung Tualang tin dredge on Friday (April 23).
It was previously reported that the islands were supposed to reopen a year after the closure in 2017.
When asked if Perak, like Sabah, would be establishing a travel bubble with Singapore and China, Nolee said the only route in consideration at the moment is Singapore.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri had said on Thursday (April 22) that apart from Singapore, Malaysia has identified other countries to form agreements for travel bubbles once international borders open.
Sabah’s Tourism, Culture and Environment permanent secretary Jamili Nais had said that the state had been preparing for a travel bubble with Singapore and China on its own, but this could only be pursued once the Federal Government agrees to reopen the country's borders.