130 S'poreans return from M'sia with assistance of Consulate-General in Johor Bahru

This includes arranging for dedicated transport to help ferry the elderly and those with mobility issues.

Guan Zhen Tan | March 22, 2020, 06:23 PM

The Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru has responded to calls from over 70 families who needed assistance to return to Singapore, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a Facebook post by on Mar. 18.

Malaysia has entered a two-week lockdown, from Mar. 18 to Mar. 31, 2020, to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections. 

The Consulate-General obtained approval from the Malaysian immigration authorities and arranged for dedicated transport to ferry the elderly and those with mobility issues.

Photo via Vivian Balakrishnan's Facebook post

Mission and Consular officers were on hand to facilitate the return of more than 130 individuals to Singapore.

Vivian also expressed appreciation to the Johor Immigration authorities in his post, for their assistance and cooperation in the matter.

He noted that these are "extraordinary times" which causes people to be more conscious of Singapore and Malaysia's interconnectedness.

Photo via Vivian Balakrishnan's Facebook post

Vivian assured that Singapore is cooperating closely with Malaysia to mitigate the disruption caused by travel restrictions in both Malaysia and Singapore.

"We are doing our best to ensure that life can go on as normally as possible, while keeping our people safe, as we work together to combat the common threat of COVID-19."

You can see his full post here.

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Top image via Vivian Balakrishnan's Facebook page