THE Johor Causeway and the Second Hyperlink with Singapore are set to reopen any time now, after being shut for over three months.
Leaders from each Malaysia and Singapore had agreed that it was time to reopen the borders in levels after the Covid-19 pandemic introduced journey to and from the island republic to a standstill.
Malaysia imposed its motion management order (MCO) ranging from March 18.
For the border to reopen, each international locations have agreed to place in place new well being normal working procedures (SOP).
Presently solely a number of hundred heavy automobiles ferrying items to Singapore are allowed to enter and return day by day.
The border closure has been arduous on each side, with Johor Baru experiencing big enterprise and financial losses with out Singaporeans spending their cash right here.
In style eating places, shops, hypermarkets, automobile washes, motorbike retailers and even cash changers who beforehand relied on Singaporean clients, have skilled between 50% and 80% drop in enterprise.
Many enterprise retailers have even closed down and that is evident from the quite a few banners on shoplots on the market or lease put up everywhere in the metropolis, primarily alongside Jalan Maju, Taman Pelangi, Taman Sentosa and Jalan Tebrau.
Singaporeans too are going through difficulties with a lot of their factories and industries working at half capability or much less, as a result of labour scarcity because the nation depends on some 200,000 to 250,000 Malaysian employees.Many Singaporean buyers with companies and factories in Johor have additionally not been capable of go to their premises and rely solely on updates through digital conferences.
Many properties in Johor Baru owned by Singaporeans are mendacity empty for the reason that MCO began.
Most used them as weekend getaways from their busy lives within the island republic and couldn’t come through the MCO.
Malaysians and Singaporeans who’ve shut members of the family in each international locations are affected as they’re unable to go to one another.
About 2,000 Malaysian college students, who have been beforehand learning in Singapore and commuting day by day, are in the identical boat and lacking classes as Singapore reopened their colleges in levels after they relaxed their MCO, referred to as circuit breaker, starting June 2.
In different phrases, each international locations want one another and the border to stay open to proceed to prosper.The query on everybody’s thoughts now’s in regards to the new SOP.
International Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein stated the reopening of the border can be finished in levels and divided into 4 classes.
The primary class is for professionals, together with these in enterprise, whereas the second class refers to Malaysians working and dwelling in Singapore, estimated to be about 20,000 to 25,000 folks.
The third class contains Malaysians working in Singapore who commute from Johor to the island republic each day numbering some 250,000, whereas the fourth class refers to residents of Malaysia and Singapore typically.
Speak is rife that Malaysians travelling to Singapore day by day might be subjected to common Covid-19 checks, with some saying that is weekly or each fortnight.
If every take a look at prices about RM100 to RM150, it will outcome within the employees spending RM200 to RM600 a month on Covid-19 checks.
The opposite query on folks’s thoughts is whether or not Malaysia and Singapore have the laboratories or medical capabilities to hold out such large-scale Covid-19 testing on 20,000 to 50,000 folks day by day.
The place do folks get examined? On the border checkpoints, non-public clinics or laboratories?
Whereas reopening the border is paramount and is anticipated to be by subsequent month, equal consideration ought to be given to developing with a correct and sensible SOP.
Reopening one of many world’s busiest land crossings is anticipated to be a Herculean activity, particularly with Covid-19 infections exhibiting no indicators of abating in some components of the world.