BATU PAHAT: Malaysia opening up its border will help recover the public transportation sector and aviation industry, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He pointed out that currently, Wisma Putra was in discussions with several countries around the region to allow their citizens to travel into Malaysia.
“The Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein recently held a discussion with his Singaporean counterpart about the matter.
“It is important for Malaysia and Singapore to have a reciprocal agreement with one another that will make sure that citizens from both countries do not have to go through the mandatory 14-day quarantine when they travel to both countries, ” he added.
Dr Wee, who is also the Ayer Hitam MP and MCA president, said this in a press conference after holding a dialogue with local tourism industry players in Yong Peng here on Saturday (June 20).
He also welcomed the government’s decision to allow expatriates to returned to Malaysia as this would help the aviation industry with many of them expected to fly in.
On Friday (June 19), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Malaysia was in talks with Singapore and Brunei to open the borders to the citizens of these countries.
The Defence Minister said the government, in principle, had agreed to give permission to Singaporeans and Bruneians to enter Malaysia without applying for approval from the Immigration Department.
“They need not undergo Covid-19 screening and the 14-day home quarantine requirement.
“However, the permission depends on the same flexibility given to Malaysians by the Singapore and Brunei governments.
“Singapore and Brunei must also allow our people to enter their countries without restrictions, ” he said.
Currently, Wisma Putra is in talks with its counterparts from the respective countries on the matter.
“So the decision will now depend on the outcome of the talks. We will wait and see, ” said Ismail Sabri.
He added that the Health Ministry had determined that Singapore and Brunei were green zone countries and as such, the government had agreed to allow the citizens from those countries to enter Malaysia.
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