The imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday has brought impacts towards tourism industry players in Perak.
According to the Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, this is a towering challenge which should be taken positively.
“Of course, Perak itself is affected despite being placed under the Conditional MCO (CMCO), since tourists from out of state are decreasing, subsequently weakening the local economy.
“Hopefully, local tourists are still allowed to go for family leisure activities, but by abiding to SOPs. At this point, only visitors from within the state are able to recover the ailing economy.”
She told reporters so during her small-scale birthday celebration at Laman Manjoi Cuisine in Gugusan Manjoi, Ipoh yesterday (January 12).
Muhyiddin announced the three-stage MCO imposition yesterday.
The MCO is imposed on the states of Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Johor and Sabah, as well as Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
The CMCO is imposed on Perak, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan, while the Recovery MCO (RMCO) is imposed on Perlis and Sarawak.
All stages of imposition are effective starting tomorrow (January 13) until Tuesday (January 26).
Nolee Ashilin added that the decision by the federal government prioritises the citizens’ interest, especially in aspects of health and safety.
“The state government will be looking into the economic stimulus packages once more and any forms of aid will be channeled depending on the state treasury’s capabilities.
“To jumpstart the economy in any sector, citizens must firstly cooperate at their best in adhering to SOPs to break the infection chain of COVID-19, not only with the state government, but also other parties such as local authorities (PBT) and NGOs among many more,” she expressed.