‘Firm decision’ next month on travel to Singapore

Discussions are being held on commutes and business travel between Malaysia and Singapore. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A firm decision is expected next month on travel between Malaysia and Singapore for commuters as well as those on business and official duty.

Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the decision would come under the Reciprocal Green Lane essential business and official travel and Periodic Commuting Arrangement for residents with long-term passes to travel on business and work and periodically return to their home countries for short-term home leave.

Hishammuddin said the two countries would need to reach a consensus on standard procedures and Covid-19 health protocols.

Both nations have held discussions on daily travel for commuters from both sides, and the possible full opening of the borders, Hishammuddin said.

The foreign ministry said discussions were also being held with other countries categorised as green zones, such as Brunei, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and South Korea.

The discussions also involved the conditional opening of borders, among others for important business matters, international students, and food supply within South-East Asian nations.

“The reopening of borders is not something easily done,” Hishammuddin said. “It requires thorough and detailed preparations and good understanding between all nations involved. ”

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