Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the Chairman of MRL, Tan Seri Dr. Ismail Bakar (second right) visited the ECRL Project exhibition site at the Headquarters of Port Klang Authority. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 13 FEBRUARY 2020. cruise ship
Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the Chairman of MRL, Tan Seri Dr. Ismail Bakar (second right) visited the ECRL Project exhibition site at the Headquarters of Port Klang Authority. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 13 FEBRUARY 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

PORT KLANG – The public need not worry about the government’s decision of allowing foreign tourists to enter the country.

Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke said, before a flight or cruise ship disembarks, the authorities in the country will obtain the name list of all the passengers and their health conditions.

If the tourist or passenger has symptoms of high body temperature, sick or fever, they would not be allowed to board in the first place, he said.

“For example, if a cruise ship wants to disembark at any docks of this country, it needs to surrender the name list of the passengers.

“If there are passengers found to have high body temperature, unwell or have fever, they would be quarantined in the ship and not allowed to disembark.

“For the healthy passengers, they would go through a temperature scanner and examined by our health officers placed at every entrance of the country,” he said after visiting the Boustead Cruise Centre at Port Klang today.

Anthony also witnessed the cruise ship, Aidabella which docked at Port Klang this morning, bringing thousands of tourists from Germany.

The ship stopped in Singapore before making their journey here in Port Klang.

According to Anthony, almost all of the passengers or tourists in the cruise ship are Germans and they have went through a series of health screening before docking in Malaysia.

He also said that he had visited the Boustead Cruise Centre and witnessed the compulsory body temperature screening process conducted by the medical officers.

“I usually visit and monitor the procedures done at the airport but this time, I witnessed it at a port. The same screening process was conducted.

“Therefore, I’d like to inform the public not to panic or have fear when we still allow cruise ships to enter our country as it is one of the important tourism sector.

“Just like other cruise ships, this ship ferried citizens from various countries. At the moment, most of the ships do not have passengers or tourists from China,” he said, as China has banned its citizen from leaving the country.

He said, the decision or policy of the government at this moment still allows cruise ships to disembark in Malaysia. Besides ensuring that Malaysians are safe from the Covid-19, the government also needs to ensure that the tourism industry would go on and not badly affected by the contagious disease.

“Although there is a negative impact due to the lack of tourists, we want to convince the people that all health related procedures have been conducted before the tourists enter our country.

“We know every ship that enters and we know the number of passengers and where they are from. We also conduct medical screening on all of them,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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