The Perak State Government has suggested to have no more walk-in tourists who wish to go on holiday to Pangkor Island, instead they are to book their ferry tickets online to avoid congestion at the resort island’s jetty.
Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said this is following the opening of the tourism bubble for Pangkor Island as a Duty Free Island (PBC) destination which is expected to begin on November 1.
According to her, after this, all bookings for ferry tickets or accommodation need to be made online so that all tourists already have a date and time booked in advance.
“Therefore, they can know when to wait for the ferry to reduce congestion as the terminal area is quite small,” she told Ipoh Echo recently.
In a related development, Nolee Ashilin said that before the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, the Pangkor Duty Free Island (PBC) Secretariat was established and was responsible for the management and administration at Pangkor Island on behalf of the state government.
“We will use the Langkawi Island module in Pangkor Island if successful, as planned by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
“However, we are still waiting for approval from the ministry and will take measures to ensure that the operators in Pangkor Island are not only qualified in terms of compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) implemented by the National Security Council (MKN), but are also ready in terms security,” she explained.