malaymail.com 02 May, 2021 10:00 am

Foreign minister: Malaysia hopes Singapore consider flexibility on Periodic Commuting Arrangement scheme

Foreign minister: Malaysia hopes Singapore consider flexibility on Periodic Commuting Arrangement scheme
SINGAPORE, May 2 — Malaysia hopes that the government of Singapore can consider giving flexibility in allowing Malaysian workers and diplomats under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) scheme to be quarantined at their own residence. “This is similar to the arrangement provided by the...

Touching on the agreement reached to digitally read and verify health certificates issued by both countries, Hishammuddin said : “We hope this agreement will pave the way to further discussions between Malaysia and Singapore to finalise an agreement for vaccinated travellers to resume cross-border travel in the near future.An agreement has been reached between the Singapore Smart Nation and Digital Government Office and the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to digitally read and verify health certificates issued by both countries.Speaking to the press today, he said even though PCA is not suspended, he understands that the standard operating procedures (SOP) or requirements have become stricter in which all the Malaysian workers, including diplomats, will have to undergo their Stay Home Notice (SHN) upon returning to Singapore at designated facilities.In the meeting with his Singapore counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan today, he said they discussed matters such as the gradual resumption of cross-border movements, national vaccination rollouts, and the impending meeting between the Prime Ministers of both countries.

“This is similar to the arrangement provided by the Malaysian government to Singaporean workers and diplomats in Malaysia,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who arrived here yesterday for a two-day official visit to Singapore.As for the Air Travel Bubble, the minister said consultations between both sides are still ongoing.

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