Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), Datuk Seri Dr. Santhara Kumar expressed MOTAC’s readiness on the reopening of the tourism sector, especially in Perak.
During his first visit to Perak, he discovered that all the industry players in the state had shown thorough preparation, especially in terms of compliance with the SOPs that have been set.
“We expect the reopening of the tourism sector throughout the state by early November at the latest. However, it must first achieve a vaccination rate of over 90 percent.
“Some of the tourism products that need to be given priority are the theme parks which are a family-oriented entertainment location. Theme parks are much-anticipated domestic tourism products after months of home confinement.
“Through observation, I found that Lost World Of Tambun (LWOT) has streamlined the environmental preparation control very closely following the SOPs that have been set. This is compared to holiday locations on the beach and waterfalls that are difficult to control,” he said during a one-day visit in Ipoh, yesterday (September 26).
Also present were Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi; Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud and Perak Tourism Chief Executive, Nurmalis Musa.
The day trip included visits to Gunung Lang, Matsoorat Cave, Ipoh Old Town, Lost World of Tambun Theme Park, the Tambun pomelo stalls and Tasik Cermin.
“I understand there are several SOP-related proposals that have been proposed by industry players in relation to the opening of theme parks.
“MOTAC is now ready to assist in promotional activities and work as a team with the Local Authority (PBT), state government and industry players,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the announcement of the opening of the tourism sector as a whole was highly anticipated by Perak industry players.
“I also hope that issues related to this preparation, including the tourism sector in Pangkor Island, can be considered accordingly. This includes obtaining prior permission to operate while waiting for the official announcement of opening simultaneously throughout the country,” she said.