Train journeys a ‘possibility’ under Singapore-Malaysia VTL, ‘some time’ before private vehicles allowed: Gan Kim Yong

“We are starting with the buses because as you can imagine, buses are easier to manage, the capacity is more manageable, and there’s a booking system for the buses and therefore, we can actually decide how many people will be allowed to come across based on the number of buses,” he stated.

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“Whereas the next step is probably looking at the possibility of allowing the train between Singapore and Malaysia to also tap on this VTL land access, so that Singaporeans and Malaysians can then also make use of (the) train to travel. But both bus and train are more manageable because they have a fixed capacity.”

Mr Gan added that it might “take some time” before private vehicles are allowed to journey between each nations.

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“If we were to do that, there would also be some form of a booking system or registration system so we know how many people are going across every day. So, I think the system has to be put in place,” he stated.

“The immediate focus is really on bus, the next step maybe on the train between the two places.”

Mr Gan stated he has spoken to Malaysia’s Senior Minister for International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali.

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Mr Gan additionally famous that the every day land VTL quota on the variety of travellers shall be reviewed weekly by each Singapore and Malaysia to see if there’s scope for a rise in capability.

“We also discussed that it is not probably possible for us to revert back to the pre-pandemic situation where we had maybe more than 100,000 people travelling across the Causeway every day,” added Mr Gan.

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“So, I feel it’ll take a while before we’re in a position to attain that standing.

“In the immediate future, the idea is to continue to monitor the infection situation – that both countries remain stable – then there will be more scope for us to progressively open the travel lane for more people to travel and also to include non-citizens, non-PR and non long-term pass holders so that more people from different profiles can also travel, taking advantage of this travel lane.”

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