Border reopening, a step in the right direction -- Sarawak Tourism Minister

Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
08/03/2022 09:23 PM

KUCHING, March 8 -- The announcement that the country would be entering the ‘Transition to Endemic’ Phase and the reopening of borders from April 1 was seen as a good move as the country could not afford to continue keeping its borders closed.

Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the same move has been taken by some other countries around the world after being hit by COVID-19 for two years.

“Australia had opened their borders on Feb 12, so have the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. We need to accept the fact that COVID-19 is here to stay but with good precautionary measures, our fight against its surge will soon be over,” he said when commenting on the announcement.

He said the Sarawak government is one of the few state governments which had already worked out its Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) in its continuous efforts to keep the state's development agenda on track in the long run.

“We need this move because our people's livelihood is at stake and together we need to work hard to keep everyone's lives return to normalcy,” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today that the country would be entering the ‘Transition to Endemic’ Phase and the reopening of borders from April 1.

Ismail Sabri said the decision was made after taking various factors into consideration, and conducting risk assessments and obtaining feedback from the Health Ministry as well as the recommendation of Quartet Ministers.

-- BERNAMA