Motac Set Up Committee To Monitor Coronavirus Outbreak

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has set up the Tourism Recovery Committee to monitor the latest development of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, said its minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

He said the committee would, among others, provide advice and clarification to all tourists on steps that need to be taken as recommended by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to prevent infection during their stay in the country.

The committee is also to ensure that all tourists are comfortable and have confidence in the measures implemented by the government to address the issue.

“This includes supporting MOH efforts in conducting health screening on all tourists arriving at all entry points into the country,” he said in a statement here today.

Apart from that, the committee will also plan and formulate positive actions to find new markets to replace the affected sectors, particularly from China, he added.

Mohamaddin also said that Motac would continue to work closely with industry players to ensure that the tourism sector not affected and operating normally despite the constraints caused by the spread of the virus in Malaysia.

He said the Malaysian government welcomed steps taken by the Chinese government to prevent the spread of the outbreak which, among others, saw the central government imposed a lockdown on Wuhan and several other cities in the republic.

Mohamaddin also said that Malaysia had numerous experiences in dealing with outbreaks previously and would be able to address the coronavirus issue.