UPDATE: Malaysians Working in Singapore May Soon Be Able to Commute From JB

With interstate travels being lifted, many are hopeful for cross-borders to resume between the two neighbouring countries

Malaysians braving the traffic across the Causeway to earn their livelihoods (photo by Kyaizee Mohd)

With Malaysia’s Conditional Movement Control Order ceasing today and replaced to Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) from 10th June till the 31st of August as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, restrictions are being slowly lifted.

With interstate travel being allowed, the fate of Malaysians going back to work in Singapore has been in question by many.

It is understood that following Singapore’s decision to reopen its economy following weeks-long “circuit breaker” (lockdown) which ended on 1st June 2020, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister for Security and Minister of Defence said Malaysians working in Singapore may soon be allowed to resume commuting to and from Johor Bahru (JB).

It came to the government’s attention that there were suggestions to allow Malaysians working in Singapore to commute between Singapore and JB, provided they download the MySejahtera app.

As Singapore’s economic sector has reopened, a special ministerial meeting has agreed to allow this, and we are ready for Malaysians to undergo COVID-19 screening and tests, said Sabri.

“We are grateful to the Sultan Ibrahim Foundation as well as Temasek and Tomson Medical Group, which have agreed to provide two mobile labs and COVID-19 test kits,” he said at a press conference.

However, the implementation of the move will take place only after discussions between Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri M. Shahrul Ikram Yaakob and his Singaporean counterpart, added Sabri.

It is currently mandatory for all Malaysians to download the MySejahtera app that will enable the Health Ministry to take prompt action in identifying close contacts whenever new COVID-19 cases are reported.

Meanwhile, in a separate travel news, Malaysia Airlines has increased its domestic and international connectivity beginning June and July respectively to facilitate essential travels locally and responding to other countries’ lifting of border restrictions.

With interstate travel being allowed during the RMCO period, domestic flights in June and July will involve twice-weekly flights, involving the Kuala Lumpur- Alor Star/Johor Bahru/Kota Baru/Langkawi/Terengganu/Labuan/Miri/Sandakan/Tawau routes, as well as a once a week flight for the Kuala Lumpur- Kuantan/Bintulu/Sibu routes. The Kuala Lumpur- Penang/Kuching route will provide three weekly flights in June, whilst the Kuala Lumpur – Kuching will provide five weekly flights in July.

The flight schedules are available on Malaysia Airlines website – https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en.html