Johor hopes Malaysia-Singapore meeting next month provides 'positive news'

20 April, 2021
Johor hopes Malaysia-Singapore meeting next month provides 'positive news'
Malaysia is longing for "positive news" from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's ending up in his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong the following month, Johor's Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad said on Tuesday (Apr 20).

The two leaders are anticipated to go over the reopening of borders between the two countries during the meeting.

Mr Hasni said the reopening of borders can be an ongoing agenda of the state government and that it could ensure that those who cross the border from Johor, such as workers, have obtained the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We will also show the government standard operating procedures for crossing the border," he said throughout a press conference on Tuesday (Apr 20).

Mr Hasni was asked to touch upon the state government's degree of confidence in relation to reopening the border to Singapore, as the quantity of COVID-19 cases in the united states are seen to be increasing.

"This includes limited movement. Although they are able to cross the border, it generally does not mean they are able to travel all over Singapore," he added.

"If it's for work, it ensures that they need to move from point A and point B. So you will have a mechanism that can be developed for all of us to (have) control (over this)."

Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced last week that Malaysian cargo drivers who've been vaccinated in Singapore may use vaccination cards issued to them, together with the TraceTogether tokens or software as verification for his or her vaccination status at the Causeway.

This will allow them to skip on-arrival testing, the ministry added.

On Apr 12, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the reopening of borders is expected on the agenda of the meeting between Mr Muhyiddin and Mr Lee early the following month.

Mr Hishammuddin met along with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan last month, where they said they are focused on “progressively restore” cross-border travel for other sets of travelers as well as the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).