According to reports in Free Malaysia Today (FMT) News the Malaysian Indian Tour and Travel association (Mitta) have warned that the tourism industry is facing devastation if the lockdown continues.
They report that more than 70% of workers may lose their jobs and thousands of businesses will close if Malaysian borders are not opened in the next 6 months.
“Everyone is aware that we can start rebuilding only when the Malaysian borders are reopened. But rushing to do so without any scientific evidence could lead to an unmitigated disaster.”
“Having said that, if it is not done in six months, 70% of the workers will lose their jobs and the related industries will close shop. Even now about 50% of them have been retrenched while many others have had their wages cut,”K Thangavelu, President MITTA and Deputy Head of the Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC) via FMT.
While supporting that reopening of the borders is not possible until science supports the safety of doing so, tourism leaders are calling for exceptions and wage subsidies until the sector can start to operate again.
Most of Malaysia is currently under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and it is expected that news of any extension or relaxation of measures will be announced later this week.
The current CMCO for a number of states is due to end on 6th December.
An Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been announced for Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Pinji Mewah in Ipoh, Perak after a substantial rise in cases in the area. The EMCO will run from 1st to 14th December.
A further EMCO will be imposed on Kampung Desa Bajau and Kampung Dasar Baru in Lahad Datu from 2nd to 15th december.
Malaysia has so far reported 67,169 cases of Covid-19, including 1,472 in the last 24 hours and 363 deaths, 3 in the last 24 hours.
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