ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government has proposed that the federal government implement a quick response (QR) code system, similar to Singapore’s, at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex.
Menteri besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi said this was one of three proposals to help make the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone a success, as part of collaboration between the Malaysian and Singaporean governments.
“Singapore has announced the implementation of the QR code system for movement in and out of the CIQ from Jan 1.
“Johor also hopes that the federal government will consider the same to mitigate movement at the busiest border in the world,” he told the state legislative assembly here today.
Onn Hafiz said initiatives such as multiple entry visas, special passes, and sufficient staff from the immigration and customs departments were necessary to ensure the smooth movement of workers, visitors and merchandise.
He also proposed that the federal government embark on key infrastructure projects such as a special route from the Second Link to Forest City, a light rail transit (LRT) system, high-speed rail (HSR) service, ferry services, and landing point facilities for water taxis.
In addition, he hoped the federal government could look into introducing fiscal incentives, including tax incentives for corporations and individuals, excise duties, and investment tax allowances.
Onn Hafiz said the special financial zone at Forest City, which is part of the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone, will attract international financial industry players, especially from Singapore, to expand their business and support services in Forest City.
Malaysia and Singapore are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to set up the special economic zone in Johor Bahru on Jan 11.