According to Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni Mohammad during a virtual press conference, “In the interest of the industry and economic activities of the state, the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) ought to be continued as Singapore is also a stakeholder”.
“We respect the decision of Singapore, but we will give a request on the matter to the Federal Government since the decision includes the governments of two countries. Accordingly, I have referred the matter to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.”
He said it is also expected that Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will discuss this matter further with his counterpart from Singapore.
Hasni also said the congestion issue at the Causeway and Second Link due to the mandatory rapid testing for COVID-19 by Singapore on all commercial vehicle drivers would be part of the recommendation to the Federal Government.
“To ease the congestion at the two land links, Johor can do the testing at our side and maybe Singapore can absorb the payment as they are also bearing the cost for the testing at their entry points,” he said.
Operating hours at the Causeway could be longer than the existing 12 hours between 7am and 7pm to help ease the congestion.
The Singapore government declared on 30th January that it would suspend the RGL with Malaysia for three months, beginning on 1st February 2021 along with the Republic of Korea and Germany.
In a statement, the home ministry of the island republic reported that its government had periodically checked its border measures to handle the danger of imports and local transfers of COVID-19 from travellers.
“At the end of the suspension period, Singapore will review the RGL arrangements. Travelers who have already been approved under these RGLs to enter Singapore will continue to do so,” it said.