Malaysia, Singapore continue to discuss border re-opening

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – The Malaysian government will continue to negotiate with the Singapore authorities on the gradual re-opening of borders, based on the prevailing health situation in both countries, said Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Speaking during his ministerial reply on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address in Parliament on Thursday, Saifuddin maintained that as the COVID-19 situation in both countries had not yet subsided, both Malaysia and Singapore will continue to implement strict health regulations regarding cross-border movements.

“Even though the vaccination rates for both countries have more or less reached 80 per cent, the re-opening of borders involves various parties and important factors to consider,” said Saifuddin.

“Nevertheless, it remains a priority for the Government to continue negotiating with Singapore regarding the gradual re-opening of borders in phases, depending on the prevailing health situation,” he added.

Woodlands Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia. PHOTO: CNA