Decision To Resume Air VTL Between Malaysia And Singapore Will Be Made Before January 21

Decision To Resume Air VTL Between Malaysia And Singapore Will Be Made Before January 21
Source – Vulcan Post

The decision on whether to continue postponing or reinstate the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore will be made within 48 hours of the postponed expiration date on January 21.


Decision To Resume Air VTL Between Malaysia And Singapore Will Be Made Before January 21

The decision on whether to continue postponing or reinstate the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Malaysia and Singapore will be made within 48 hours of the postponed expiration date on January 21.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said that resuming the air VTL project on that date would likely result in a 50% reduction in overall flight ticket sales.

The decision, however, will be made by the Singapore government, which will analyse the republic’s present Covid-19 position in light of the proliferation of the Omicron variant.

I had a discussion with the Singapore transport minister on December 21, and he informed me of why they have decided to postpone the initiative, not cancel it.

Source - CNA

The Singapore authorities will assess as to whether the initiative will resume as scheduled on January 21 or postpone it further, and the decision will only be finalised 48 hours before that date," he told a press conference.

Wee said that the land VTL plan would need clearance from the International Trade and Industry Ministry since it falls beyond his authority.

On December 22, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the sale of bus and flight tickets under the VTL between Malaysia and Singapore would be temporarily suspended from December 23 to January 20 and reopened on January 21 following a risk assessment based on both countries’ current Covid-19 situation.

Khairy said that the decision was taken after the Singapore Health Ministry received a report indicating the presence of a local Covid-19 cluster with the probability of the Omicron variant.

Meanwhile, the MCA president said that Johor MCA had established a Special Flood Management Committee composed of 650 volunteers to brace the potential flooding in the state.

Wee, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ayer Hitam, said that the committee is split into three zones: north, centre, and south, and is chaired by Johor MCA secretary Ng Keng Heng.

Earlier, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota of Johor, directed all connected agencies and district offices in the state to be prepared for flood relief activities and to be on high alert after Saturday’s warning of flooding in the state.

The National Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre issued an early flood forecast for Kelantan and Terengganu beginning yesterday and Pahang and Johor starting Saturday.

Source – The Vibes

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