JOHOR BARU: Johor will be sending a recommendation to the Federal Government following Singapore’s decision to suspend the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) for three months, says Datuk Hasni Mohammad.
The Mentri Besar said the state government wanted the island republic to continue with the RGL.
“We respect Singapore’s decision but we will be sending in a request to Putrajaya on the matter as it involves the governments of both countries.
“I have forwarded the matter to the Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) who will bring it up during the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday.
‘’Foreign Minister (Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein) is also expected to discuss it further with his Singapore counterpart, ” he told a virtual press conference yesterday.
Hasni said the RGL was important as it allowed many industries that have Singaporean investors to run their operations smoothly.
“We must continue with the RGL for the interest of the industries as well as the state’s economic activities because Singapore is also a stakeholder, ” he said.
Hasni admitted that the spike in Covid-19 cases in Johor was a major concern but the state government had taken proactive measures to bring the number down.
He said more than 50% of new cases in the state were from the industries involving their workers.
‘’We have instructed the relevant authorities to carry out more checks at their dormitories.
“Focus must not only be given during working hours but also after working hours as there are some factories that do not adhere to the guidelines.
“I have also instructed personnel from the Labour Department, Health Department, local councils and International Trade and Industry Ministry’s state office to carry out more checks and take the necessary action at dormitories.”
Hasni assured that they could still manage the number of Covid-19 patients following the assessment from the state and Health Ministry.
He said the state government had identified nine private and public hospitals to treat Covid-19 positive patients in the third, fourth and fifth categories.
“We have also agreed to make the National Service Training Programme in Ledang and Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium as a Covid-19 low-risk treatment and quarantine centre.
“The Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium, which will also be a Covid-19 Assessment Centre, can help us to better manage patients as it would have more than 1,200 beds as well as other amenities, ” he said.
On the congestion at the Causeway and Second Link following the
mandatory rapid testing for
Covid-19 on all commercial vehicle drivers imposed by Singapore, Hasni said it would also be part of the recommendation to the Federal Government.
“To ease the congestion at the two land links, Johor can do the testing at our side and maybe Singapore can absorb the payment as they are also bearing the cost for the testing at their entry points, ” he added.