Pahang to reopen tourism sector in Fraser's Hill soon, says Lanchang rep

A file picture of tourists cycling in Fraser's Hill.

TEMERLOH (Bernama): The Pahang government will soon reopen tourism activities at Fraser’s Hill in Raub, says Pahang Tourism, Culture, Environment, Plantation and Commodity Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.

Sharkar said the state government and the National Security Council (MKN) are reviewing the appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs), adding that the move was made to revive the state’s tourism sector which had long been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Residents in Bukit Fraser will receive their second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine today and Pahang state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak is conducting checks on the area to determine the appropriate SOPs that can be implemented in line with the new normal to enable the tourism sector to be reopened," he said Saturday (July 24).

"Besides that, the people in Pulau Tioman are also expected to complete their vaccination doses soon, but we will open Fraser’s Hill first followed by the island," he told reporters after visiting the vaccination centre (PPV) at the Temerloh Municipal Council Hall in Lanchang here Saturday.

The Lanchang assemblyman said the SOPs would also be used as a reference for the reopening of other tourist hotspots in the state such as the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, Taman Negara and the Rompin state park.

At the same time, he said the state government was also planning to speed up the vaccination process for workers involved in the tourism sector such as restaurants, motels and souvenir shops to encourage tourists to visit.

Meanwhile, Sharkar said the PPV in Lanchang, which began operations on Saturday, was expected to vaccinate 600 Lanchang state constituents per day.

He said to facilitate the vaccination process, the residents were provided with free transportation to ferry them to the PPV at the MPT Hall and the Tun Razak Hall in Temerloh, adding that they also conducted a house-to-house vaccination programme for about 100 people in the district who were unable to get to the PPV due to health issues. - Bernama

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