JOHOR BARU: The reopening of the two land borders between Malaysia and Singapore is the result of successful discussions between the two governments for the benefit of its people, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president said as expected, many flocked across the border when the border officially reopened on April 1.
"Some were on motorcycles, in cars and some even walked. This is the result of good discussions between the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to benefit the people of both countries," he said in a Facebook post on Friday (April 1).
Dr Wee, who was also Ayer Hitam MP, said with borders now reopened, families could finally reconnect physically.
He said he empathised with how much a child could miss his family and hometown – and likewise for parents – when border gates closed two years ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Wee said many could now celebrate the upcoming Ramadan with their families.
"Meanwhile, the Chinese community can be together for the Qing Ming ceremony at cemeteries and columbariums to honour deceased family members.
He also said that with the transition to the endemic phase, the SOP related to Covid-19 was also relaxed.
"However, everyone is reminded to always take care of the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones. This is the first step towards a normal life," he said.
Dr Wee also thanked all parties involved, including agencies and departments from both Malaysia and Singapore who have ensured that all cross border movement proceeds smoothly.