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Temenggor Lake, Royal Belum Now Open to Visitors

After almost 19 months of not operating following the standard operating procedure (SOP) due to the COVID-19 outbreak, tourism product operators at Temenggor Lake (Tasik Temenggor), especially the boathouse operators, heave a sigh of relief now that the tourism sector is allowed to resume since October 8.

The opening of the tourism sector provided new hope for them besides being able to boost the local economy after a low season of not receiving tourists.

Tourism Perak Management Berhad explained in a statement that the relaxation for tourism activities are subject to a few set terms which have to be followed. 

According to the statement, any operator of boathouse services who wishes to operate must register with the Hulu Perak Land and District Office, Gerik and the Department of Fisheries.

“It is mandatory for operators to prepare a MySejahtera QR code scan or a customer attendance registration book if there’s no internet coverage. They must also check the status of MySejahtera and allow only visitors of Low Risk status, including those of Casual Contact Low Risk only.

“The disinfection and cleaning of premises must be conducted three times a day in the period of operation especially at public areas such as the surau, toilets, store rooms and counters. 

“The permission to stay overnight at the boathouse must be limited within the area of Royal Belum State Park (Taman Negeri DiRaja Belum) for 3 days and 2 nights with the number of people present, including the helmsman, not exceeding boat capacity. It is only for visitors aged 18 to 60 years old,” the statement added.

For those who wish to enter the Royal Belum State Park, only day fishing activities without overnight stay are allowed. Entry is also for Perakean visitors only. 

Operators and visitors who are fully vaccinated must produce a copy of valid vaccination certificate together with a permit application form. The capacity for passenger boats is 50% of the full capacity. 

“Activities involving the Orang Asli villages are not permitted.

“However, the existing SOP is subject to changes to be announced by the government from time to time,” the statement highlighted. 

 

Rosli Mansor

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