The state government of Perak, in collaboration with the federal government via the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), is intensifying efforts to recover the state’s tourism industry including Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island).
With the main objective to achieve herd immunity in Pangkor, the government will implement the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) which is expected to begin there on July 16.
The program which will take place at the Pulau Pangkor Health Clinic, targets 6,500 people or 80 percent of the population on the island.
Tourism Perak Management Berhad said in a statement that the programme is scheduled to complete administering two doses of vaccine by September 5 this year.
Based on the statement, similar programmes are also being carried out in Langkawi Island, Perhentian Island, Redang Island and Tioman Island.
“It will operate thrice a week, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm with an average of 540 residents receiving vaccine injections a day.
“Following the immunisation programme, the state government with MOTAC are planning to make Pangkor a COVID-19 Free Destination to boost tourists’ confidence,” the statement said.
Several tourism events are also planned by the Manjung Municipal Council (MPM) in November with the aim to increase tourist arrivals in Pangkor Island.
Among them is the upcoming Pangkor Festival highlighting elements like sports, recreational activities and shopping, as well as programmes such as Joran Pangkor, Local Food Festival and Mountain Bike Challenge.
According to the statement, the programmes can encourage the length of stay of tourists as they have been cooped up at home and restricted from crossing districts and states.
“Such a programme will indirectly revive the tourism sector on the island and at the same time boost the economy of the people on the island,” the statement added.