Eager and excited: (From left) Sara, Soh and Dave say they are looking forward to reconnecting with their friends and family members.Eager and excited: (From left) Sara, Soh and Dave say they are looking forward to reconnecting with their friends and family members.

JOHOR BARU: With the lifting of the ban on interstate travel seemingly nearer, some Malaysians have already started planning to visit friends and families living far away.

Among them is Selangor Human Resource Development centre trainee Sara Soraya Mohamed Shamaun who is already saving up money to meet her friends and fulfil her dream holiday.

“I have started saving up money so that I can visit my friends in Kuala Lumpur whom I have not seen in over a year. Hopefully, we can also go on a short vacation.

“The last time we went for a vacation together was in January last year. We spent one week in Sabah,” she said.

Sara, 27, who is currently living with her sister and four nephews and nieces here, said she also planned to visit her family in Perak once the borders reopen.

“I plan to keep some Covid-19 self-test kits with me so that I can do a test whenever I visit family members who have little children to avoid exposing them to the disease,” she added.

Consumer coordinator Adriana Soh, 43, said she and her family members were planning a short break in Kuala Lumpur and to meet other family members.

“I have not seen my brother and sister-in-law for over a year and I miss them dearly.

“I plan to bring my mother, sister and two nephews to visit them once the interstate travel restriction is lifted.

“We are also planning to have a short family vacation in Kuala Lumpur,” she said, adding that she would also be keeping some Covid-19 self-test kits around as a precautionary step.

Meanwhile, retiree A. Dave Madhavan, who is in his 60s, said that he was looking forward to meeting his first grandson in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

“I am really looking forward to meeting my son and daughter-in-law and most importantly, my two-month-old grandson.

“I hope that the borders would be open during Deepavali so that I can celebrate the festival with them,” said the former radio announcer.

The government has said that it will allow interstate travel once 90% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 89.1% of adults have completed their Covid-19 jabs and the 90% threshold is expected to be reached very soon.



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