Singapore Hesitant To Open Borders To Malaysia

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  • Singapore has requested more time because it wants to decrease the country’s positive Covid-19 cases before beginning talks on border reopening with Malaysia.

  • Datuk Hasni Mohammad, the Menteri Besar of Johor, urges Singapore to take into account SOPs and vaccination rates when deliberating.

Singapore Hesitant To Open Borders To Malaysia

The Singapore government has been urged to take into account the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore borders, which were submitted by the Johor state government and approved by the federal government.

Datuk Hasni Mohammad, the Menteri Besar of Johor, said that the government’s decision to enable interstate travel, which took effect yesterday, must have had an impact on Malaysians who are employed in Singapore to some degree.

“(They must have wondered) why they can’t return, can’t travel interstate and can’t travel back home.”

He said that the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore should not deter the government from discussing the reopening of the borders between the two countries with the governments of Johor and Malaysia, according to the minister in a report with Bernama.

On Sunday 10 October following Malaysia’s achievement of the 90 percent COVID-19 vaccination goal established under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the government’s decision to enable fully vaccinated people to travel interstate without getting a police permission.

Additionally, beginning on October 11, people who were fully vaccinated were permitted to travel internationally without having to go through the Immigration Department’s MyTravelPass system.

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Datuk Hasni said that Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin earlier stated that his ministry had spoken with Singapore, adding that the latter (Singapore) had requested more time because it wanted to decrease the country’s positive Covid-19 cases before beginning talks on border reopening.

“(But) I think whatever the situation is in Singapore, the important thing is that we (Malaysians) have received the complete COVID-19 vaccine. That’s more important. To me, cases go up or down, is not an issue. I believe Singapore recognises that (vaccination rate).”

“With full vaccination, we have to live with COVID-19. So, I hope, if that (vaccination) is accepted, border reopening will be possible,” he added.

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