Johor wants to provide free shuttle bus from CIQ complex to border with Singapore


Malaysians walking on the causeway from Woodlands checkpoint to get back into the country through the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI), in Johor Baru. -The Star filepic

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government will be sending a proposal to the Federal government to run a free shuttle bus service for pedestrians between the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) here and the border with Singapore.

Johor Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said that the bus service would be provided by the Public Transport Corporation (PAJ) as soon as it gets the green light from the Federal government.

“We will send a proposal to the Federal government to facilitate a 22-seater bus to help pedestrians walking from Malaysia to Singapore and vice versa as soon as possible. This is to ease their trouble, especially if it is raining.

He said the bus could only go up to the border and passengers would then have to take a short walk to the Woodlands checkpoint.

Solihan said this after conducting surveillance at the Permaisuri Zarith Sofiah Opera House here on Monday (Aug 17).

He added that as of 10am, about 300 people in total had crossed the Malaysia-Singapore border in both directions.

“They are required to undergo a swab test and be quarantined for 14 days.

“Singaporeans or those outside of Johor will be placed at the KSL Hotel Resort (for those coming through the Causeway) and the Amansari Hotel Nusajaya (for those coming through the Second Link).

“Johoreans can undergo home quarantine and all of them will be given a wrist tag and we hope that they can adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP), ” he said, adding that they hoped to avoid an infection incident like what happened in Kedah.

Meanwhile, Johor Immigration director Baharuddin Tahir said to date, applications to travel from Aug 17 until Aug 21 under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) were fully booked.

“We only allow 400 people to travel per week under the RGL or at least 60 people per day, and 2,000 people per day under the PCA.

“Applications and the quota can be seen and made through the Immigration Department My Travel Pass (MTP) website at https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass, ” he said, adding that a 24-hour confirmation would be given to applicants before their date of travel.

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