KUALA LUMPUR NOV.10: Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to implement the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA) or Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) that will connect Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta via air that will be implemented in early 2022.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, priority will be given to those fully vaccinated for travellers on official functions, businesses, medical and humanitarian reasons.
The Prime Minister said, the travel corridor will include the joint recognition of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a standard PCR COVID-19 test results.
“This initiative will enable the movements of people from both countries. The reopening of the borders will follow the safe criteria to balance between the need to open and rebuild the economy besides ensuring the safety aspects and public health control,” Ismail said in a statement here today.
He said that after meeting the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo at the Istana Bogor today on his three day official visit to Indonesia.
The Prime Minister added, next year both countries will celebrate the 65th Diplomatic Relations and believes that through the matured relationship Malaysia and Indonesia could strengthen the understanding and existing cooperation for the development of Malaysian economy and the livelihood of the people.
The Prime Minister also gives assurance that the government of Malaysia will ensure the welfare and the protection of Indonesians working in Malaysia as the Minimum Housing, Living and Workers’ Benefits Act 1990 (Act 446) amendment has been approved. This Act will protect both the Malaysian and foreign workers.
Ismail also highlighted on the progress of the MoU on Hiring and Protection of Indonesian Domestic Workers (PDI) between the Ministry of Human Resources and the Indonesian Ministry of Work Force and hopes the postponed issues will be finalised soon.
Ismail added, Malaysia also hopes the Recalibration Programme that has been extended by the government of Malaysia until the end of the year will fully benefit the Indonesian citizens in Malaysia who wish to voluntarily return or work legally in Malaysia.
The Prime Minister said, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries have been signed firstly on Cooperation in Education Fields and MoU on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.
Meanwhile, he said, five MoUs and agreements will be signed by the private sectors from both countries. Through the MoUs and agreements the investments entering Indonesia is worth USD3.1 billion.
“President Joko Widodo and I have also discussed on the progress in the negotiations on the maritime border between the two countries.
Regarding this matter, I have given assurance that Malaysia will be committed to reach a settlement and finalise the maritime border restrictions. We agreed that further efforts and discussions could be continued,” Ismail said.
Ismail said, Malaysia affirms that South China Sea will remain to be the trading passage and peaceful water ways. Malaysia firmly upholds that the sovereignty and the interests of the country will be the prime basis relating to the stand and action that will be taken.
“All parties should avoid any actions that could raise tension and provocative in nature. Any disputes on the South China Sea should be settled peacefully based on the principles of international law universally recognised, including the United Nations Convention relating to the Sea Law 1982,” Ismail reiterated.-Malaysia World News