Malaysia, Singapore agree on gradual re-opening of causeway
Malaysia and Singapore have finalised arrangements for long-term pass holders and travellers on essential or official business to cross the causeway border between the two countries. The foreign ministers of the two countries fine-tuned the details as they met at the midway point of the Johor Causeway and agreed to resume in August cross-border travel that had been suspended since March 18 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 10-minute meeting between Malaysia's Hishammuddin Hussein and Singapore's Dr Vivian Balakrishnan is the first physical encounter after both countries closed their borders to contain the pandemic.
Describing the meeting as one for the history books, Hishammuddin said the successful discussion that will soon lead to the reopening of the borders can be used as a ‘template’ for talks with other nations as well on matters concerning international travel.