400 Malaysians allowed to return from Singapore daily

The Malaysian High Commission in Singapore has received 900 applications to date from Malaysians who are in the republic, says minister


THE government has decided to allow 400 Malaysians to return from Singapore per day, once their entry permits are approved.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the entry permits will be issued by the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore for those who wish to return home to ease the operations at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar in Johor Causeway and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex in the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.

He said an application must be submitted to the email address [email protected] at least two days before the planned journey.

“Applications are open and the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore has received 900 applications to date from Malaysians who are in the republic,” Ismail Sabri said in his daily briefing on the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday.

He added that those who returned from Singapore will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days at gazetted quarantine centres.

Meanwhile, he clarified that the government is still drawing up the mechanisms for interstate travel that will allow people to return home from villages.

He further said the dates of May 1 to May 3 as mentioned by the authorities previously remain tentative as the National Security Council, police and Health Ministry are still collecting data and formulating the standard operating procedures for the mass movement.

As it is, he said people must apply for the cross border travel by May 1 via the Gerak Malaysia app or at a police station.

“It’s not a straightforward case. As we have mentioned, there are people who want to come back from their hometowns to the city, and there are also people that are stuck in the city because of the MCO.

“So, this matter needs a more detailed discussion, it is not that simple,” he said.

Ismail Sabri, for instance, said there are questions on mechanisms for family members of more than one to travel in one vehicle which needs to be ironed out. He also said the government will be bussing students in campuses to their homes located in green zones starting today.

Separately, Ismail Sabri said veterinary clinics are allowed to operate during the MCO, but services are limited to appointment basis only.

He said pet owners must contact veterinary clinics nearby their places to secure an appointment to avoid the vets becoming crowded besides controlling the movement.