Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz says he hopes that Jonker Walk would remain closed to traffic on weekends after a four-week trial period where it is to be opened to traffic.

He said he had advised Chief Minister Idris Haron not to reopen it to traffic, because tourism is a major contributor to Malacca’s economy and Jonker Walk is one of its ‘must-see’ attractions.

“Even its name is ‘Jonker Walk’, meaning it is for pedestrians to walk on and not be limited to the sidewalks.

“The people must walk on the street. It is Jonker Walk, it is not Jonker Drive,” he said at a press conference today.