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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Sept 25: Sarawak is all geared up to welcome the return of tourists as part of its recovery after 19 months of closures due to the Covid-19 crisis.
However, the final decision to reopen would be up to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in determining whether to reopen the tourism sector to ensure traveling is safe.
“As far as our Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak is concerned, we are ready to welcome people to Sarawak as long as the standard operating procedures are followed, and we hope that SDMC considers looking at the facts that our (Sarawak) Covid-19 vaccination rate is extremely high,” opined Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting on Saturday.
Ting was there to flag off 25 local bikers who participated in a convoy ride to Tim’s Seaside in Bakam.
The event ‘Ziarah Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (Ukas) Semarak Kemerdekaan was held in conjunction with the Malaysia Day 58th anniversary celebrations.
The ceremony was held at the Sarawak Islamic Complex compound along Miri-Pujut road here.
Ting is optimistic that the local tourism sectors will reopen soon, after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob disclosed on Friday in a news report saying that interstate travel could be a possibility within “the next few weeks”. — DayakDaily