M’sian workers in Singapore can still come back

JOHOR BARU: Malaysians working in Singapore can return for short trips with approval under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), says MIC’s Singapore workers affairs bureau chief S. Aruldass.

The bureau has been getting many calls from Malaysians in the republic seeking assistance over the latest movement control order in Malaysia.

“We received an average of six calls a week from those with emergency cases, such as a death in the family, ” said Aruldass.

He said Malaysians could apply for PCA through their company but they must pay S$2,100 (RM6,394) before leaving.

“The payment is to cover their 14-day quarantine in Singapore once they get back there, ” he said.

He noted that some employers of Malaysians would assist them, especially if they had worked for the company for more than 10 years.

“These companies cover the payment for Malaysians by paying the quarantine fee for them, ” he said.

Malaysia and Singapore started PCA and the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) on Aug 17 last year.

Under PCA, 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans with long-term work permits can cross the Causeway and the Second Link daily.

RGL allows 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel between the two countries every week on official and business matters.

Aruldass said Malaysians, besides getting PCA approval, should also show that they had tested negative for Covid-19.

Mohd Akmal Syafiq, 28, who works in a factory in Singapore, said he was not concerned about the MCO in Malaysia for now.

“Hopefully I can go back to Melaka by the middle of the year, ” he said.

Retiree Raja Jaafar Raja Ali, 57, said his eldest son, who has been working in Singapore for two years, was supposed to return on Jan 29.

His son’s wedding is scheduled for next month.

Raja Jaafar said his son had already received the documents, including PCA, which would allow him to return to Johor.

“However, my son decided to postpone his trip as he could not travel to Shah Alam in Selangor for his wedding, ” he said.

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