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Johor Government Hopes To Open The Land Border Between Singapore And Malaysia
2021-11-15

Johor State Secretary Hasni suggested that only bus passengers such as buses and trains should be allowed to enter and leave the country at the initial stage. Although this will greatly reduce the number of people who use the land crossing points of Singapore and Malaysia every day, it is a good start for the plan to reopen the border between Singapore and Malaysia

Johor State Secretary Hasni said that in order to revive Johor's economy, the state government hopes that the land border between Singapore and Malaysia will be launched simultaneously with the "Vaccinated Travel Lane" to be opened.

However, he said, considering that the flow of people at the land border is not easy to control, he suggested that at the initial stage of the reopening of the land border, customs clearance personnel should only take public transportation such as buses or trains to enter and leave the country.

The day before yesterday (November 11th), when interviewed by the media, he pointed out that Singapore and Malaysia agreed to open the air border first, mainly because the number of people entering and leaving the country through flights is easier to control.

He said: "Generally speaking, the number of flights a day and how the personnel involved should abide by strict epidemic prevention standard operating procedures (SOPs) are relatively controllable. Land borders are not so easy. Unless it is stipulated that buses can only be used for transportation at the initial stage of opening up, it is difficult to control the number of people. ""

He pointed out that although the above regulations will greatly reduce the number of people who use the Singapore-Malaysia land crossing every day, it is a good start for the plan to reopen the Singapore-Malaysia border.

The unemployment rate in Johor climbed to 4%. Reopening the land border will help revitalize the economy.

According to the announcement made by the leaders of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, VTL will be opened between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport from the 29th of this month. It is expected that there will be six flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur every day.

The two countries are also discussing the opening of the land border of Xinrou Long Beach and the second passage of Dashi. New Rou Long Dyke is the busiest land checkpoint in the world. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, there were about 350,000 people entering and leaving the country every day.

Regarding the reopening of the border, has been pointed out that since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, many people have lost their jobs, and the unemployment rate in Johor has now climbed to 4%. Therefore, Johor hopes to open VTL on the land border between Singapore and Malaysia as soon as possible to revitalize various economic fields in the state.

However, he stressed that the above regulations for controlling the flow of people are only suggestions of Johor, and Singapore and Malaysia are still discussing the standard operating procedures for using the land checkpoints to enter and leave the country through VTL, and there is no final decision yet.

Malaysia's new high Commissioner: The number of commuters per day will be strictly limited if reopened the land border.

In addition, Azfa, the highest Commissioner of Malaysia in Singapore, also said that if the land border between Singapore and Malaysia is reopened, it is expected that the number of commuters per day will be strictly limited, while temporarily not allowing people to drive or ride motorcycles to enter or leave the country, it will be easier to manage and control the flow of people.

In an interview with the English newspaper Star, he pointed out that the procedure of reopening the land border between Singapore and Malaysia would be complicated. Once implemented, he believed that the "grand occasion" of more than 300,000 commuters every day would no longer exist.

He said: "We need a controlled gateway, which means that we must limit the number of commuters every day. The governments of COVID-19 and Malaysia are solving related problems, such as the inspection procedures and cross-border procedures, etc ... These are small problems, which I believe will be solved soon. ""

He also said that compared with Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Principal Component Analysis(PCA), VTL would be more attractive, because passengers who have completed vaccination only need to do the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test after arriving in the country, and those with negative results need not be isolated.

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