As other countries carry that success into 2021, though, a reopening of interstate travel last month following a snap state election in September with 67% voter turnout allowed infections to surge in Malaysia, domestic media reports say.
There are also beautiful islands, excellent diving, colonial towns to explore, and luxury resorts.
Malaysia will reopen international borders as soon as the country manages to immunize 90% of its population, which is expected to happen by Dec.
A medical worker collects a swab sample from a man during coronavirus testing in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Jan.
Travel was restarted to lift the economy.
However, not all of the country would be accessible to tourists.