‘Optimistic’ that land border with Malaysia can open around end-November: Gan Kim Yong

SINGAPORE: Authorities are working to open the land border between Singapore and Malaysia by the top of November, however the particulars are nonetheless being labored out, stated Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong on Saturday (Nov 20).

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In response to a reporter’s query at a digital press convention, Mr Gan, who co-chairs the COVID-19 multi-ministry process power, stated that Singapore and Malaysia authorities are “working very closely together” to finalise the operational particulars.

On Thursday, Malaysian media reported Johor Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad saying that the land vaccinated journey lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia will open on Nov 29, the identical day because the air VTL between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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“I’m optimistic that we will be able to … launch this VTL for land round about the end of this month, close to the launch of the VTL for air. It is also possible that we may be able to do so on the same day,” Mr Gan stated, including that he hopes to share more particulars subsequent week. 

However, he stated that issues should not prone to return to pre-pandemic days when a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals crossed between Singapore and Johor Bahru every day.

“We will start with a smaller number, with a certain limit quota,” he stated.

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“The priority is really to allow families who have been separated for a long time since the start of COVID-19 … to re-unite with their family members.”

He added that the primary part of the VTL for land will concentrate on this group of individuals earlier than increasing the scope for more folks to journey.

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“I think it is also important for us to ensure that we are able to do so in a safe way, through tests and so on to make sure that this VTL land will continue to be able to allow citizens and permanent residents from both sides and residents on both sides to travel safely,” he stated.

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