Singaporeans looking forward to border reopening

Since the MCO, the Second Link has been closed. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: Besides Malaysians, Singaporeans are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the border soon.

For many on the island republic, crossing over to Johor and other parts in the peninsula is a normal practice, especially during weekends and public holidays.

They enjoy coming here for the food, tourist attractions and to shop.

Since the movement control order was imposed in Malaysia on March 18, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Causeway and Second Link have been closed.

SIngaporean technician Darren Tan, 28 said, he was waiting to savour his favourite roadside lok-lok here.

“I enjoy those sold at stalls in Johor Baru and really miss them, ” he said.

He said when the border reopens, he expects standard operating procedures (SOP) to be in place.

“I am happy with this as the SOP is to ensure our safety, ” he said.

Auxiliary police officer, Abdul Haniff Abdul Hamid, 38, said he has been craving for roadside burgers and other food which he indulged in when visiting Johor Baru.

“Since the start of the MCO, I have been thinking about them. As soon as the the border is reopened, I will go over and get my fix, ” he said.

“Usually, when in Johor Baru, I would get my motorcycle washed, visit the malls in the city centre and enjoy the food” he said.

Police officer Kelvin Tan, 37, said some of his friends in Johor were planning to hold wedding and birthday parties.

“I hope to go and pray the border will be reopened by then, ” he said.

“Johor is like a second home to many Singaporeans. Some have family over there and I am sure all are looking forward to being together again.

“I just hope all will adhere to the SOP to prevent infections, ” he said.

Security officer Abdul Hafidz Ahmad, 55, said he hoped the border will reopen by August.

“I want to do some shopping in Johor Baru, ” he said.

It was reported in The Star that a firm decision on the border reopening was expected to be reached early next month under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) categories.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the RGL was to facilitate cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries while the PCA was to allow people from both countries who hold long-term immigration passes (for business and work purposes) to periodically return to their countries for a short-term period.

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