Johor ready to handle high traffic once border with Singapore re-opens, says exco member


JOHOR BARU: Johor is well prepared to welcome travellers from Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), says the state government.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that authorities here were well versed in handling the high number of travellers once the country’s border with the island republic re-opens.

“Since the first phase of the movement control order (MCO), the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Johor are different as we share our border with Singapore.

“During the first few phases of MCO, we have handled thousands of returning Malaysians from overseas not only through land checkpoints but also through seaports, and this helps in our preparation for the RGL and PCA travellers, ” he added.

Vidyananthan, who is also the Kahang assemblyman and state MIC chairman, said this when met after attending the Social Security Organisation (Socso) customer day held at Johor MIC headquarters here on Sunday (Aug 9).

When asked what are the SOPs for RGL and PCA, he said it would be announced soon.

“The safety and health of Johoreans will be guarded as there are ample quarantine centres in the state.

“The government, through the National Security Council, are preparing Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) here and Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar (KSAB) to make sure there are no glitches come Aug 17, ” he added.

On Saturday (Aug 8), Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said in a statement that those in Singapore can apply, starting Aug 10, to enter Malaysia for official and business purposes.

"All foreigners who stay in Singapore who wish to enter Malaysia for short periods of time due to official and work matters can now do so via the RGL.

"Singaporeans and permanent residents with a Long-Term Social Visit Pass (PLSJP) who wish to enter the country for work and business purposes, can also do so via the PCA," he said.

Those wishing to use the RGL and PCA would first need to apply online (http://www.mtp.imi.gov.my) via the MyTravelPass (MTP) system from Aug 10.

Visitors must also download the MySejahtera application on their handphones.

Those using the RGL must have their local sponsors make their application via the MTP while those using the PCA must have their employers make their applications, also via the MTP.

The RGL and PCA will only facilitate cross-border travel for official, business and work purposes between Singapore and Malaysia.

RGL will allow 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel to and from the two countries every week but this is restricted to official travel and important business matters.

PCA will allow some 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans with long-term work permits to cross the Causeway and the Second Link every day.

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