Johor seeks to play key role in efforts to reopen border with S’pore

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor wants to play a significant role in the effort to reopen the border with Singapore, says Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic).

He described the reopening of the Johor-Singapore border as a key component in the recovery of Johor’s economy.

“The opening of the border will boost the retail and tourism sectors, and economic activities in Johor Baru and the adjacent districts.

“It will also revitalise the real estate sector, especially when the Federal Government resumes the Malaysia My Second Home programme.

“As such, I hope that the state government can be directly involved in initiatives to reopen the land border at the Johor Causeway and Second Link.

“State representatives should be included in the committee or secretariat that is carrying out this important initiative,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state assembly which ended its six-day meeting yesterday.

He said among others, the special committee should hold a comprehensive discussion on the reopening of the border based on the latest Covid-19 developments.

“We hope that movement across the border can be activated soon with a suitable SOP in place. If the pandemic is brought under control, we may also be able to discuss implementing the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) and possibly Daily Commuting Arrangement (DCA) or a travel bubble through this special committee,” he said.

On another matter, Hasni also said the state government would be setting up a special committee that would include opposition leaders to discuss economic and social policies.

“The special committee will also include deputy state secretaries and government agencies department chiefs,” he said.

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