However, the reopening of international borders is still subject to the decision from the federal government, affirms the nation's Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC).

As reported in Bernama, Malaysia's Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) is prepared with the standard operating procedures (SOP) should international borders be reopened for tourism activities, where the most important aspect will be compliance with the COVID-19 screening test before entering the country. Other related SOPs include using registered tourism agents and travelling in small groups.

This was shared by Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, who was speaking to reporters after officiating the 2020-2030 National Tourism Policy Roadshow session, that was also attended by Melaka Tourism, Heritage and Culture committee chairman Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis, as shared in Bernama.

“The activities we’re targetting to reopen to foreign tourists include golf and outdoor activities such as snorkeling and diving,” she said.

Six Asian countries have been identified and targetted for the tourism bubble: Singapore, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, China and Brunei. However she confirmed, the reopening of international borders was still subject to the decision from the federal government.

Sharing more on the country's National Tourism Policy, she wrote on Facebook: "The goal is only one, which is to guarantee the continuity of the country's travel industry through competitive strengthening, the restoration of the tourism industry effectively continuing in the new norm, sustainable and inclusive travel sector development, and the willingness to face any uncertain situation in the future."


Can individuals without a valid driving license claim SOCSO benefits in case of road accidents?

Yes, Malaysia's Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) has confirmed in a recent statement, thus refuting allegations voiced by a "road safety expert", as shared in SOCSO's statement

As such, SOCSO has clarified: "Every SOCSO contributor who has an accident while working or any accident related to or arising from employment is eligible to apply benefits under the Occupational Disaster Scheme. For each application received, SOCSO will conduct an investigation and make a confirmation before approval is given and payment is made."

The mandatory documentation to be submitted in such cases includes Form 34, police report, sick leave certificate, and accident sketch map.

"The offense of not having a license while driving on the road is a thing that should be resolved between the individual and the relevant authorities," it further added.

Lead photo / Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri's Facebook

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