SEGAMAT, Feb 11 2018 : Malaysia will discuss in detail with Singapore the proposal to introduce a single inspection centre on the Johor Causeway, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid said he would have a meeting with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to discuss in detail the proposal on the single Customs and Immigration Inspection Centre.
“They (Singapore) must form an action body as carried out by Malaysia … I have not met with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (Teo) because he is in the same position as I and we will discuss the matter in detail.
“Maybe the question of interpretation is different and this needs articulation from both parties between Malaysia and Singapore,” he said at a media conference after launching the project to rebuild the Yong Peng-Segamat federal road in Tenang, here today.
Also present were Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Chua Tee Yong who is also the Member of Parliament for Labis.
Meanwhile, in Singapore, The Straits Times quoted the republic’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).as saying that it was not possible to do away with immigration and custom checks for travellers leaving Singapore.
The report said the ministry was responding to a proposal by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for a single checkpoint at the Johor Causeway to improve traffic flow.
The report was referring to a Malaysian newspaper which quoted Najib as saying that under the proposal, travellers going to Singapore would be checked at the Republic’s side, and those heading into Johor checked on the Malaysian side.
Singapore MHA said the departure checks are a “vital part of Singapore’s border security strategy”.
“The Singapore government will continue to work with Malaysia to explore other practical ways to facilitate travel between Singapore and Malaysia,” MHA was quoted as saying. – Bernama