Minister tells hoteliers to persevere through hard times during MCO

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

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KUCHING, Jan 28: The State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah calls for the hotel owners to be patient in light of the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in certain districts throughout the state.

According to Karim, at this moment, not only the hotel industry is affected by the implementation of MCO and CMCO, but also others such as the restaurant industry, travel and tour industry, as well as the entertainment industry.

“In the beginning last year, we understood that it is a bit hard for the hotel industry, but they are now being used as a quarantine centre, which is more or less helping them a bit as compared to not having any business at all.

“We do hope that those who are in this industry preserver and lets us pray together that this problem will resolve this year,” said Karim

He said this during a press conference held after launching the Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak (MSS) EFootball Pro Evolution Football 2021 online competition, in D-Virtual Park in Kota Samarahan, today.

Meanwhile, Karim said his ministry is still considering whether to proceed with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), Jazz Festival, as well as the Country Music Festival, and other programs such as the Spartan Race, Sukan Sarawak (Suksar) and many others.

He said it will depend on the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) decision based on the current situation.

“At this moment, there is no plan to postpone the RMWF, but we will decide about it later this year. If we could not hold it, we will try to look whether to organise this event virtually online,” he said. –DayakDaily.