M’sia and S’pore looking forward to resuming cross-border travel


SINGAPORE: Malaysia and Singapore are looking forward to restoring cross-border travel when the Covid-19 situation in both countries allow for it, according to the republic’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran.

In a latest update on his official Facebook account, Iswaran, who was appointed to the new portfolio effective May 15, said he had on Friday made his official introductory video call with his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“We discussed a broad range of issues that Malaysia and Singapore are working together on,” Bernama reported what he wrote.

Iswaran, who was previously the Communications and Information Minister, noted that in the meantime “both sides continue to invest in the future”.

“Datuk Seri and I both affirmed the importance of continuing work on the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link, which will strengthen connectivity when cross-border travel resumes.

“We also agreed to continue cooperating closely at international platforms such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation and International Maritime Organisation, especially on long-term transnational issues like climate change and sustainable transport,” he wrote at length.

Iswaran said he and Dr Wee would continue to keep in touch regularly and cooperate closely for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Reminiscing about his childhood, Iswaran further wrote: “As a child, whenever my family travelled to Penang, I would stop by Ayer Hitam – Datuk Seri’s constituency.

“He invited me to visit Ayer Hitam again soon for coffee and Musang King durians when the Covid-19 situation improves. I look forward to taking him up on his offer soon!”

Dr Wee, in a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Friday, shared that they held their first video call to discuss various issues pertaining to their official portfolios as well as the efforts taken by both countries to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, including the vaccination programme and efforts to revive and stimulate the economy.

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