Bilateral talks with Singapore good start for both countries, says Johor MB

Bilateral talks with Singapore good start for both countries, says Johor MB
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KULAI (May 4): Singapore’s willingness to discuss bilateral issues including border travel with Malaysia recently is a "good start" for both countries, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said today.

Hasni said the move proves that Singapore is also looking at ways and means to improve business and travelling for both Malaysian and Singaporean citizens. 

“As we all know, two days ago, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met his counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan in Singapore to discuss bilateral issues, which I believe will definitely give a lot of benefits to Johor.

“Even though the discussion was not able to fulfil most of our requests, at least we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,“ the Benut assemblyman said during his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony of United Kotak Bhd 2 at SME Industrial Zone, Bandar Indahpura here today.

On Sunday, both countries agreed on the procedures and entry requirements for death and critically ill emergency visits (DCEVs) amid stricter border measures.

Malaysia and Singapore also agreed to continously work towards the resumption of essential cross-border travel in a gradual and safe manner, apart from looking at the border reopening measures based on the Covid-19 situation in both countries.