The tourist bubble of Tioman Island and the Genting Highlands, which was previously announced as of October 1, 2021, has been suspended for an indefinite period. This was confirmed by Tourism Pahang Managing Director Kamaruddin Ibrahim earlier today during the implementation of SOPs on Tioman Island at the Teluk Gading Ferry Pier Terminal.
Kamaruddin said the decision was taken at a special meeting recently held with the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN), which was chaired by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri. He further clarified that the reason for the postponement is to give the government more time to achieve its goal of achieving an immunization rate of 90% of Malaysia’s adult population.
Until then, travel to Tioman Island and the Genting Highlands will only be permitted for fully vaccinated residents of Pahang from locations that have been declared to fall under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN ). Kamaruddin said the reopening of both sites to those outside the state is expected to be officially announced by the prime minister at a later date.
“It may take another two or three weeks, or whenever the vaccination rate of the country’s adult population has reached 90%,” he added. “For out-of-state tourists who have already made reservations, we ask them to contact tour operators for advice, either to postpone their trip or otherwise.”
At present, the total percentage of fully vaccinated adult individuals in the country is currently 60.6% as of September 27, 2021, according to the Department of Health. COVIDNOW website. As reported last week, the government believes the target can be achieved by about two more weeks.
(Sources: Pahang Media / Bernama / COVIDNOW)