Johor-Singapore border may reopen

JB-Singapore causeway is deserted- The Star pic


By S. Harrish

JOHOR hopes to reopen the border with Singapore within the next few days.

Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said this would be done with more stringent health checks on both sides of the border.

The Star reported him saying that both sides were coming up with a mitigation plan on the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Among the categories exempted are those with work passes by Malaysia or Singapore, students studying in Singapore, those with specialised skills, businessmen, those involved in logistics and others that would be announced soon, ” he said after the state exco meeting.

He said a special committee headed by him, the state secretary and state security council would discuss the matter today.

Thy will then have a discussion with their Singaporean counterparts before forwarding the matter to the Federal Government for announcement.

Beginning today, the border between Malaysia and Singapore has been closed, except for lorries and people with special permission. It has affected some 300,000 Malaysians commuting daily to Singapore for work.