Malaysian workers in Singapore still can’t return


Journey home: A person seen hauling luggage across the Causeway to enter Johor. Many Malaysian workers are still stuck in Singapore.

JOHOR BARU: There seems to be no happy ending for Malaysian workers seeking to return home from Singapore, with some claiming that their employers do not allow them to take long holidays.

This was revealed by Johor works, transportation and infrastructure committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri, who claimed that some of these workers had to stay back in Singapore and wait for their turn to take their annual leave.

“There were also instances where some workers were hesitant to come back as they were worried about losing their jobs after returning to Malaysia, ” he said when asked about the problems faced by Malaysian workers in the island republic.

He stressed that the Immigration Department was doing its best to help facilitate movement of Malaysians who want to take a break and return home to see their family.

Malaysian workers are urged to get details from the Immigration Department’s website https://www.imi.gov.my or http://mtp.imi.gov.my.

Mohd Solihan said it was now an opportune time for both governments to look at reopening the border to daily commuters as Covid-19 cases in Johor and Singapore were low.

“We have implemented PCA (Periodic Commuting Arrangement) and Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) since August and it is timely that we start opening up to daily commuters.

“As long as there is adequate Covid-19 testing on both sides of the border and also good compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP), I do not see a problem in the border being reopened to workers to commute regularly, ” he said in an interview.

Malaysian-Singapore Workers task force president Dayalan Sreebalan, when contacted, said they, too, had heard that some companies in Singapore were not allowing their Malaysian workers to go back for a long stretch.

He hopes the Federal Government would start looking into the problems faced by Malaysians in Singapore.

He said they were also getting complaints about Malaysians who returned under the PCA programme unable to travel to their home state due to the current conditional movement control order.

“As such, they are stuck in Johor Baru, ” he said, adding that police should be flexible about the situation.

Dayalan also supports the move to reopen the border to daily commuters but with stringent checks and SOP.

“How much longer do they expect to keep the border closed?” he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

86% readers found this article insightful

Next In Nation

A woman can rise to become PM, says Dr Mahathir
Taiwanese Macau scam mastermind, three others arrested at KL condo
Nazri: Wait for party polls, don't put up banners urging Zahid to resign
Perak Wanita Umno backs Zahid, urges party members to use proper channels to voice dissatisfaction
Bad internet connection, lack of gadgets no deterrent to teachers in Sabah
Perak MCA advises associations to cancel Chinese New Year celebrations
Man severely injured after car skids into tree near Kepala Batas
Ministry: Frontliners to soldier on
MCO 2.0 may end soon
‘Let foreigners get jab too’

Stories You'll Enjoy


-->