Hisham: Malaysia, Singapore in talks to standardise SOPs over cross-border travel for compassionate reasons

Hishammuddin (right), who is also Sembrong MP, visiting flood victims at the SMK Seri Sembrong flood relief centre.

KLUANG: Malaysia is in talks with Singapore to standardise the standard operating procedures (SOP) over cross-border travel for compassionate reasons, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Foreign Minister said currently, Malaysians working in Singapore and who wished to return to the country for compassionate reasons would have to put in an appeal to cross the border.

“Right now, the SOP for compassionate travel, for those with sickness or deaths in the family, is on an ad hoc basis.

“We (Malaysia and Singapore) are negotiating for a standardised SOP for this group of people, ” said Hishammuddin, who is also Sembrong MP, after visiting flood victims at the SMK Seri Sembrong temporary flood shelter here on Sunday (Jan 3).

Asked whether Malaysians working in the island republic would be allowed to return upon showing proof of vaccination in future, Hishammuddin said the matter fell under the purview of the Health Ministry.

“It is not up to Wisma Putra to decide as we are unsure whether the vaccine taken by Singapore is recognised in Malaysia or not.

“It will be decided by the Health Ministry and we will comply with their decision, ” he said.

The island republic rolled out its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Dec 30, prioritising healthcare workers and the elderly.

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