The National Recovery Council (MPN) has previously suggested to reopen Malaysia’s borders as early as of 1 March 2022.
However, things took a quick twist as Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri said the Cabinet has yet to discuss the matter and that Malaysia’s borders will remain closed until feedback has been received by the Health Ministry and subsequently evaluated by Cabinet.
He then stress that Malaysia’s borders will not reopen on 1 March 2022.
Speaking meet-and-greet programme with Ledan Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery at Dewan Putra Padang Lerek in Tangkak on Friday (11 February), Ismail said the Health Ministry has yet to provide feedback on the proposal and that as of right now, borders will remain closed.
“We must find a balance between wanting to protect the tourism industry and the people’s health, so the Health Ministry will look into it in detail and propose to the Cabinet on the next step… Our borders are still closed… There’s no discussion yet to reopen,” he said.
Meanwhile, he stressed that the Federal Government had only reopened the Malaysia-Singapore border in Johor through the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme.
Ismail also assured those in the tourism industry that the government was aware of the woes that they face due to the Covid-19 pandemic but did not want the entry of foreign tourists to cause a further spike in cases in Malaysia.
“We may eventually reopen the borders but, to do that, we have to get the advice from the Health Ministry. Yes, it’s true we want to reopen the borders because we want to assist the tourism industry, but we also want to protect the health of Malaysians.”
“If the travellers who come here are infected, then it will only expedite the increase in the number of cases and endanger our people’s health,” he said.
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