Hajiji: Sabah hopes businesses can reopen in October if 60% are vaccinated


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes that most businesses in the state can be restarted if 60% of its population can be vaccinated by October, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

“This will allow Sabah’s businesses and service sectors to reopen including our tourism that has been badly hit by the pandemic, ” he said.

Speaking after meeting the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) committee led by its President Datuk K.L Tan at his office here on Tuesday (July 6), Hajiji said that the federal government should speed up the delivery of 600, 000 vaccine doses to Sabah this month.

He added that Sabah is also expecting to receive another 1.12 million doses by next month.

“We want to keep the momentum to ensure the people get vaccinated as quickly as possible, ” he added.

Hajiji said he had submitted various proposals by Matta to revive Sabah’s post-Covid-19 tourism industry, saying that the state government would look into the matter and take steps towards reviving the industry.

He said that measures would be taken to ensure that the tourism industry in Sabah will pick up through a comprehensive tourism recovery plan.

For now, he said under the Bantuan Sabah Prihatin (BSP) 3.0, the government had allocated RM2.88mil through the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry for distribution to impacted tour guides, dive masters, mountain guides, porters, hoteliers and homestay operators.

The Chief Minister disclosed he will be meeting mountain guides soon to present assistance to them and to witness the vaccination programme for tourism operators in Kundasang.

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