Johor seeking cooperation from Singapore, Indonesia to manage Malaysians seeking return

07-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TheStar | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Johor is seeking greater cooperation from Singapore and Indonesia to manage the return of Malaysians from the two countries.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic) said that the state would not be able to handle the return of thousands of Malaysians at once.

“Managing the Covid-19 situation in Johor is unique as the state has multiple entry points the Causeway and Second Link as well as four international ferry terminals.

“There are at least 45,000 Malaysians currently working in Singapore wanting to return following the island republic’s decision to impose stricter measures to contain Covid-19,” he said in an interview with RTM radio station Johor FM on Sunday (April 5).

He pointed out that if Singapore allowed Malaysians to return via Johor in stages, it would greatly assist the state government’s efforts.

“If the Singapore government allowed Malaysians to return in batches of 1,000 to 2,000, it would help us to manage their return.

“If we are able to break the chain of Covid-19 infection among locals here, then the next challenge will be for those returning.

“The second phase of the movement control order (MCO) will allow authorities to conduct better planning,” he added.

Hasni also said that for Malaysians returning from Singapore, those who tested negative and showed no symptoms of Covid-19, would still have to be quarantined at home.

However, he pointed out that those positive for the disease, would be send straight to quarantine centres in Johor after going through screening at the country’s checkpoints here.

“We have about 14 quarantine centres, which have already been activated, and we also have three Covid-19 hospitals including two here and one in Kluang.

“The state government is also looking at converting the Batu Pahat Hospital into a Covid-19 hospital to treat such cases,” he said.

On March 31, Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all Malaysians returning to the country would be immediately quarantined for 14 days.

He said those coming back either on chartered or commercial flights would be immediately sent to government quarantine centres.

On Friday (April 3), Singapore announced significantly stricter measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic with prime minister Lee Hsien Loong announcing that most workplaces would be closed from Tuesday (April 7) and all schools would move to full home-based learning a day later.


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