KUALA LUMPUR – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said more than 2,000 will be allowed by the goverment to travel cross-border between two countries each week staring August 10.
As per the discussion between two countries, Under the “Reciprocal Green Lane” (RGL), 400 people will be able to travel between the two countries each week for official and important business related travel. While Some 2,000 long term immigration pass holder will fall under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement category.
According to Hishammuddin, travellers will have to follow the Standard Operation Procedure seth by both countries. The people’s adherence to the SOPs will then help the government to decide on whether both government can open up the cross-border travel to more than two categories.
The Foreign Minister said that the third category will involved 250,000 travellers daily. While the fourth category will have an open travel between both countries.
The travel bubble discussion also involved other countries such as Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
On the issue of Malaysians currently stucked abroad, Hishammuddin said that the ministry is currently monitoring the situation. They are 317 Malaysians stuck in 37 countries with 191 of them being in critical condition.
Most of the tabligh members were arrested for misusing their social visit pass and carrying out religious activities. Of those arrested in India, 125 were freed and awaiting legal process.
The government will be providing a charter to bring back 136 individual stuck in India.
Hishammuddin said that the government has identified 10,159 Malaysians who could be stranded abroad in case the coronavirus worsens. The government were able to bring back 23,955 citizens in 82 countries since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
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