Johor hopeful for border reopening with Covid-19 vaccine drive


ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government is hoping that the ongoing vaccination in Malaysia and Singapore will lead to the reopening of the border between the two countries this year.

Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the state government has made the "necessary preparations" and is ready to receive travellers from the neighbouring country.

“This matter is under the purview of the Federal Government through the Foreign Ministry and the Singaporean government.

“Discussions are still ongoing, especially in terms of the safety and the security of the people travelling between both countries. I can’t elaborate further than that.

"From our view, we hope that the current vaccination programme carried out by both the Malaysian and Singaporean governments will give hope to the reopening of our border this year, ” he said.

He said this after visiting the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) in Gelang Patah here on Monday (March 8).

One of the reasons for his visit to KSAB, said Onn Hafiz, was to send the message that Johor is ready to welcome all travellers.

“Our immigration and our borders are ready to receive people from abroad.

“There are 29 upgrading projects in KSAB worth RM40mil, with the remaining 20% of work still in progress. The projects are expected to be fully completed by this year, ” he said, adding that the main objective is to ensure the comfort of travellers using the service in the CIQ.

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