Malaysia looking to reopen border with Singapore in January 2021

Commuters take the Woodlands Causeway to Singapore from Johor a day before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SINGAPORE, Sep 12, 2020, The Business Times. Malaysia’s health ministry is looking to fully reopen the border between Singapore and Malaysia for daily commuters in January 2021, Malaysian media outlet The Star reported on Friday, The Business Times reported.

In considering the decision, the ministry is taking into account the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on people’s livelihoods, Health Minister Adham Baba said.

“We must find a balance as both the economy and health are very important matters,” Dr Adham said.

He noted that working towards this goal will require a more systematic approach in areas such as border control, physical distancing and use of personal protective equipment. This will be done over the course of the country’s recovery movement control order (MCO), which has been extended to the end of this year.

Dr Adham added that the ministry is also looking to double its swab-test capacity for travellers under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes.

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