With Covid-19 under control in Malaysia and Singapore, the two countries are expected to reach a firm decision early next month on the reopening of its borders under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) categories.
This comes after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had a positive discussion with his counterpart in Singapore. Under the RGL only those who have essential business dealings can be facilitated to cross the border, while the PCA is to allow residents from both nations who hold long-term immigration passes (for business and work purposes) to periodically return to their home countries for short-term home leave.
Those who commute daily from JB for work are the most effected as their income is severely effected during this period, this matter has been in discussions on a possible full opening of the borders very soon.
Singapore seems likely to be the first foreign land Malaysians could visit under the travel bubble concept, where nations with Green Zone status accepting each others nationalities. 5 other nations have also been mooted to be included in this exclusive club. As a start discussions also involved the conditional opening of borders for important business matters, international students, and food supply within South-East Asian nations.
According to Hishamuddin, “truthfully, the reopening of borders is not something easily done. It requires thorough and detailed preparations and good understanding between all nations involved.”
That is the reason the process is taking such a long time he explained.