Lumut, once a popular stopover location for seafood shopping, has turned into a ‘zombie town’.
Peraktastic’s survey of the tourist spot found that almost all shops selling seafood and clothing have been closed since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
“This is a fact that we have to accept today, when we can no longer be as free as we used to be. Everyone’s lives have been impacted.
“For as long as this chain of COVID-19 transmission continues, our lives will be plagued with hardships.
“The shops are all closed and the ones that are open have no visitors. The community is worried and scared because of the outbreak,” said a private worker, who wished to be known as Farhana Yaakub, 28.
Recently, Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi announced the postponement of the opening of Pangkor Island on behalf of the state government .
“Pangkor Island has yet to achieve herd immunity and is not yet ready for the COVID-19-Free Destination Programme in Phase 2 of the Tourism Recovery Plan.
“At the moment, we expect Pangkor Island to be ready for visitors by the end of September. The state government is serious and sympathetic towards tourism activists and traders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.