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Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (third from left, in grey) at the food truck business seminar held at Dewan Hassan Abdullah in Tampoi, Johor Baru, on Sunday (Aug 23).

JOHOR BARU: No cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded since the partial reopening of the Johor-Singapore border under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes on Aug 17.

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said to date, the process of travelling between the two countries was going on smoothly.

He said the state government will continue to monitor the situation.

“Since reopening the border, there have been no untoward incidents. Operations are smooth.

“If at all, miscommunications and wrong information did happen but were corrected and managed well.

“We will continue to improve where we can as we go along,” said Vidyananthan after a food truck business seminar at Dewan Hassan Abdullah in Tampoi here.

On the other two categories, namely the daily crossing of between 200,000 and 250,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans as well as full opening of the borders, Vidyananthan said this would depend on discussions between the government of both countries.

“It has only been about a week now, so let us wait for any update or decision made by the Singapore and Malaysia governments on this.

“At the state level, the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place are working and we are ready for any eventuality,” he added.

The partial reopening of the border has allowed 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans with long-term work permits to cross the Johor Causeway and the Second Link every day under the PCA, while the RGL allows 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel between the countries weekly.

On July 15, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was reported saying that the full reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore border hinges on the smooth implementation of the RGL and the PCA between the two nations.