KUALA LUMPUR: The opening of more tourism sectors in the country will very much depend on the success of the Langkawi travel bubble initiative, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.

He said as such, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) would need to prove that the pilot project can be successful to convince the government to allow many other tourism activities to operate.

Hishammuddin said through the pilot project, the Ministerial Quartet on COVID-19 meeting wants MOTAC to outline standard operating procedures (SOP) that can be adhered to by the people and industry players, including the need to take COVID-19 screening tests before travelling to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"Most importantly, those who go to Pulau Langkawi must be disciplined (on SOP) and are vaccinated. If this project (Langkawi) fails, we will not open other places.

"It is incumbent of Nancy (Shukri) and MOTAC to prove to us what they can do in Langkawi before we open other places," he said at a Ministerial Quartet on COVID-19 special media conference in Parliament today.

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