Malaysia, Singapore in talks to standardise SOPs over cross-border travel

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Hishammuddin (right), who is also Sembrong MP, visiting flood victims at the SMK Seri Sembrong flood relief centre.

KLUANG: Malaysia is in talks with Singapore to standardise the standard operating procedures (SOP) over cross-border travel for compassionate reasons, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

In addition, Malaysians working in Singapore and who wish to return to the country for humanitarian purposes, the Foreign Minister said at the moment, will have to make an appeal to cross the border.

After that, the SOP for compassionate travel is on an ad hoc basis for those with illness or death in the family.

“We (Malaysia and Singapore) are negotiating a standardised SOP for this group of people,” said Hishammuddin, who is also a Sembrong MP, after visiting the flood victims at the SMK Seri Sembrong temporary flood shelter here on Sunday (Jan 3).

Asked if Malaysians employed in the republic of the island will be permitted to return in the future after showing evidence of vaccination. Hishammuddin said the matter came under the Ministry of Health’s jurisdiction.

“It is not up to Wisma Putra to decide as we are unsure whether Singapore and Malaysia recognised the vaccine or not.”

“The Ministry of Health will decide on this and we will comply with their decision,” he said.

On Dec 30, the Island Republic initiated its Covid-19 vaccination programme, giving priority to healthcare workers and the elderly.


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