NGO seeks Johor Ruler's help to mediate over reopening of border with Singapore

JOHOR BARU: A non-governmental organisation is appealing to the Johor Ruler to help mediate over the reopening of the border with Singapore.

Malaysian-Singapore Workers task force president Dayalan Sreebalan said this is to help the livelihoods of thousands of locals affected by the eight-month long border closure.

He said they have a memorandum containing more than 20,000 signatures of Malaysians mostly workers, who were appealing to Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar to step in to help resolve the problem.

Dayalan hoped that they would be able to meet an official from the palace to handover the memorandum soon.

Dayalan said that the border issue could easily be resolved if ministers iron out issues under the third category known as the daily commuting arrangement before speaking to Singapore.

Presently, both countries are using the PCA (Periodic Commuting Arrangement) and Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) to allow for workers and the business community to commute since August.

Dayalan, who has in the past given two memorandums with regards to the problems faced by the people since the closure of the border on March 18, also lodged a police report against Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein alleging that he has not done enough to negotiate a reopening of the border with Singapore.

On another issue of videos attacking Dayalan and his NGO alleging that they were doing this for personal monetary benefits, he said he was unperturbed about the allegations.

He said because as an NGO, they collect the money to run the organisation and not for personal gains.

“Each member pays RM10 registration and RM100 annual membership fees. This money is channelled into our NGO account which is audited, ” he said, adding that they have their own expenses of running the NGO including rental and staff salary.

He added that he did not have any sponsorships or backing from either the government or opposition, as they were running the organisation to help the people suffering due to the border closure.

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