JOHOR BARU: With the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Transport Ministry hopes the Malaysia-Singapore border will be reopened to boost economic activity between the two countries.
"Johor and Singapore are economically interdependent with each other," said Ling Tian Soon, political secretary to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Johor Baru would benefit from the reopening by attracting visitors from the island republic, he told reporters after distributing 400 boxes of food items, courtesy of Johor Port Authority, to taxi and school bus drivers at Puspakom Taman Daya near here.
Ling said it would also be a relief to the thousands of locals who need to commute daily from here to Singapore for work.
Thousands of Malaysians working in Singapore have been stuck in Singapore since March 18,2020, when the border was closed by the movement control order.
He said the ministry has asked the Cabinet to consider giving priority to those in the service sector to be vaccinated, including taxi drivers.
"Their (taxi drivers) income has plunged by 90% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic about a year ago," said Ling.
He said the majority of them were facing hardship and only make between RM10 and RM20 a day.