Johor to submit proposal to reopen border with Singapore, says MB

JOHOR BARU: Johor will be submitting its proposal to Putrajaya to open up the border with Singapore through the Daily Commuting Arrangement (DCA), says Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic).

The Mentri Besar added that the matter was agreed upon during the state security special committee meeting held virtually on Thursday (Sept 23).

“We will send the proposed standard operating procedures (SOP) for opening the border under DCA to the Special Committee on Pandemic Management,” he said in a statement.

Hasni added that the state government was also working to boost the percentage of Covid-19 vaccinations here by obtaining data on Johor employees who received their vaccination in Singapore so that they can be immediately updated in the MySejahtera application.

He thanked Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for communicating with his Singaporean counterpart in getting the data on Malaysians who received their vaccination in the island republic.

Hasni also expressed his gratitude that Johor was entering Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) but reminded everyone that the state must continue working hard to increase vaccination rates to achieve its target of 90% of adults being vaccinated.

“Until Wednesday (Sept 22), the vaccination rate in Johor is at 73.3% with a total of 1.98 million adults having completed both doses of vaccine.

“To accelerate efforts in achieving the target of 90%, all relevant agencies will continue to intensify vaccination programmes including outreach and walk-ins as well as sending task forces to identified areas to vaccinate, especially for people with special needs,” he added.

Hasni said the vaccination programme for teenagers aged 12 to 18, which started on Monday (Sept 20), was running smoothly but he hoped parents would take the matter seriously by giving their children permission to be vaccinated.

“To teachers who still refuse to get the vaccine, please think about the effect it will have on the teaching and learning process for students because vaccination is very important in maintaining the safety and health of all parties,” he added.

Hasni urged all Johoreans who have yet to register for vaccination to do so immediately.

He also said with the state moving into Phase Two, Johor was able to enhance its economic recovery efforts with more business premises able to reopen.

“In fact, when more tourist centres, theme parks and resorts reopen, economic activity will be more vibrant and have a positive impact on the income of the people, the state and the country.

“The state government also hopes that the Federal Government can implement the travel bubble to resorts in Desaru, Kota Tinggi and Mersing islands to further boost the tourism sector,” he added.

He reminded all parties not to grow complacent with the easing of restrictions and to continue complying with Covid-19 SOP.

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