According to Khairy Jamaluddin, the Transportation Ministry will begin a Covid-19 vaccination program for transportation employees.
"So we have received numerous applications to consider frontline companies in various sectors, and the restriction was of course supply," said the vaccine minister at the virtual 45th Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia.
“Transport sector will start with the port operators and the cargo operators; we’ll be getting around to the e-hailing drivers and food delivery drivers in July.”
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin declared last week that under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan, businesses will be able to work at 80% capacity in September and October, when 40% of Malaysia's entire population is projected to be fully vaccinated.
Malaysia is also looking to open up areas of green bubbles for the tourism industry, according to Khairy.
“I can also tell you that we are having accelerated vaccination exercises for Langkawi because we want to open up Langkawi as a green bubble for tourists like they’re doing in Bali and Phuket as a pilot programme.
“So if that’s successful, then we can start opening up to fully vaccinated tourists. They can fly into Langkawi. They cannot come to the mainland, but they can do whatever they want there and then they can go back,” Khairy added.
At the same time, Malaysia's minister of science, technology, and innovation stated that the country is working with other countries, particularly Singapore, to open up international borders.
“I believe that we can start thinking about opening borders once other countries are also confident in our management of Covid-19.
“So for Singapore, for instance, I’ve already been discussing with Singapore in terms of the recognition of MySejahtera and the application so that we can have joint recognition of our vaccination passport. That’s done already. So now it’s a matter of Singapore being confident to open the border with us.”
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