PUTRAJAYA:The tourism, arts and culture ministry (Motac) has held discussions with the health, home affairs and foreign affairs ministries to explore opportunities for the creation of travel bubble arrangements with neighbouring countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Its minister, Nancy Shukri, said among the identified countries were Brunei, Singapore and Thailand, as well as other Asean countries and Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, as these places were identified as safe by the World Health Organization.
“However, this implementation is subject to bilateral discussions and considerations on health, immigration, data tracking and ongoing monitoring by the relevant agencies for both countries,” she said in a statement today.
Apart from that, she said as the chairman of the Regional Commission for the East Asia & the Pacific on the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Malaysia had also voiced the need for transparency and standardisation of standard operating procedures across borders by safe countries to facilitate travel by taking into account the views of the health agencies of the countries involved.
Meanwhile, Nancy thanked Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for his success in obtaining an agreement with Indonesia to allow the reciprocal green lane or travel corridor arrangement.
“Alhamdulillah, it is good news and long awaited for Motac,” she said.
Nancy said the initiative was one of Motac’s tourism and cultural recovery plans formulated since July last year as a measure to revitalise the country’s tourism and culture industry.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin held a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Among the issues raised during the meeting were investment and trade, implementation of green lane, palm oil discrimination, cooperation in tackling the pandemic and current political unrest in Myanmar.
Source: Free Malaysia Today – 6 February 2021 (Saturday)