KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign ministers from Malaysia and Singapore yesterday (July 26) had agreed on the standard operating procedure (SOP) involving the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) which will facilitate cross-border travel for official, business and work purposesbetween the two nations.
Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met his counterpart, Foreign Minister of Singapore, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan at the Johor-Singapore Causeway yesterday morning.
Hishammuddin said, according to the plan, RGL and PCA will be implemented effective from August 10, 2020.
He added, the conditional cross border travel between Malaysia-Singapore involving RGL and PCA had been announced through a Joint-Statement on July15.
“The two nations are planning to release soon a guideline and public information on the terms and methods on the application involving the two schemes.
“The agreement also estimated that the cross border travel between Malaysia and Singapore will start on August 17, 2020. The Malaysians qualified to apply for the two schemes can send their applications to the Malaysian Immigration Department starting on August 10, 2020,” said Hishammuddin in a media statement.
In another development, Hishammuddin said, apart from the two schemes there are two others proposed relating to the daily cross-border travel for working purposes that involve 200,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans and the complete opening of the borders.
Meanwhile, for the third and fourth scheme, Hishammuddin said, the two governments have to study various aspects before it could be implemented as it involves safety and health as the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet.
“The approval of the proposals will depend on the capabilities of both countries in the implementation of COVID-19 screening test on workers commuting every day.“
Most importantly, the approval is very much related to the level of discipline and the adherence of the people from both nations in the implementation of the cross border travel via RGL and PCA schemes.
“If the people from both nations adhere to the SOPs, then there is a possibility to allow cross border travel under the third and fourth category,” said Hishammuddin in the statement.-Malaysia World News