Both nations are taking precautionary steps, with Singapore providing every household with a Covid-19 test kit and considering giving the third Covid-19 vaccination dose.
Singapore To Open Borders To Malaysia Despite Covid Spike
The increase in Covid-19 cases in Singapore will not impede discussions between the Republic of Singapore and Malaysia on cross-border travel.
This, according to Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad, is due to the fact that both nations are taking precautionary steps, with Singapore providing every household with a Covid-19 test kit and considering giving the third Covid-19 vaccination dose.
Johor MB Hasni stated, “The increase in Covid-19 cases in Singapore is not seen as an obstacle to our effort to discuss (reopening the borders). Previously, the Malaysia-Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes were postponed because we were looking for a way to combat Covid-19.”
“But, we already have vaccines and Singapore has also been thinking about a third dose and so on… so it will not be an obstacle,” Hasni said this during a press conference held yesterday in Johor Bahru after the inauguration of the Johor Tourism Interchange (JTI) and the 2021 Virtual Majestic Johor Tourism Week.
On October 2nd, Bernama reported that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told Hasni to begin discussions with Singapore on cross-border travel, particularly for Malaysians who commute there for employment.
Meanwhile, Hasni said that the technical committee on the opening of the Malaysia-Singapore border has agreed to the state government’s proposed standard operating procedure (SOP).
Before further talks with Singapore, he said the Ministry of Health, which served as a secretariat to the senior minister line-up, will establish a date for the SOP to be tabled.
Hasni said the prime minister decided to include the project to expand the highway from Yong Peng to Johor Bahru as one of the infrastructure development programmes under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Meanwhile, Hasni said that the state government has decided to provide RM1.5 million in the form of vouchers to be handed to tourists to the state via the JTI application, which was released yesterday, in a bid to boost domestic tourism.
“Through the application, tourists can benefit from discounts or incentives of our tourism sector products,” he said.
The JTI app was created specifically to highlight tourist attractions and facilities offered in the state, including information on interesting destinations, a navigation system, a photo gallery of iconic Johor landmarks, and more.