Interstate Travel Set To Open Says PM Yaakob

Source- Straits Times
  • PM Yaakob to announce approval of interstate travel as soon as vaccination rates hit 90 percent of the adult population.

  • Once vaccination rates hit 90 percent , My Travel Pass would no longer be needed, and Malaysians will be permitted to travel internationally.

Interstate Travel Set To Open Says PM Yaakob

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced a few weeks ago that the interstate travel restriction would be removed after 90 percent of adults had been fully vaccinated.

According to a Twitter tweet by The Special Committee On Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), as of 3 October, 87.6 percent of Malaysian adults have been fully vaccinated, with 94.3 percent having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The road to interstate travel appears to be on the horizon, based on the progress highlighted!

Ismail Sabri has reassured the country that once adult vaccination rates hit 90 percent , interstate travel would be permitted immediately, which is expected to happen very soon. He said that he knows that many residents have not gone to their hometowns to visit their families, and that others have not been allowed to do so since the first Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in March of last year.

“If I did not return to my hometown for a week or two, my late mother would’ve cried on the phone.” he said, stressing how he understands the pain of not being able to visit our own parents for more than a year.

According to Astro Awani, Sabri said that we are approaching the 90 percent threshold of fully vaccinated Malaysian adults, and that once we reach that point, he would personally declare the approval to travel between states.

“We won’t restrict the movement forever. We’ll allow interstate travels once we’ve reached the quota in terms of the vaccination rates.”

Source: The Star

He also stated that the 90 percent threshold was set to guarantee that no states would be left behind once the interstate travel restriction was removed. The government does not want to leave the states behind that still have a lower percentage of the vaccination rates among adults. This is why they are waiting for the 90 percent benchmark, since they think that once we reach the target, each state’s average will be higher than 80 percent.

Malaysians may expect to go abroad by December this year, if not sooner, according to Sabri. He also announced on his Twitter account that once vaccination rates hit 90 percent , My Travel Pass would no longer be needed.

As Malaysians eagerly await the news, we would like to remind everyone to adhere to the SOPs at all times.

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