S'pore PRs return to S'pore for vaccination as registration in M'sia taking too long

The couple had been living in Johor since the border closure, but decided to return to live and work in Singapore.

Tanya Ong | June 14, 2021, 04:35 PM

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Li Mukun, 58, and his wife Ho Chang'er, 48, are Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) who have been living in Johor Bahru ever since the border closure in 2020.

Vaccination programme

The couple, who have children residing in Singapore, recently decided to return here to live and work.

They were hoping to reunite with friends and family across the Causeway given that they have been away for around a year, but also cited the worsening Covid-19 situation in Malaysia as a big reason for their return to Singapore.

Speaking to China Press, the couple said the Malaysian government had opened up registration slots for vaccination in February.

The couple originally intended to get vaccinated in Malaysia.

For Ho, she had registered via the MySejahtera app, but was "disappointed" to not receive any further updates.

A screen shot stated that she had registered on Feb. 25 and her registration was pending assessment.

Photo via China Press.

Return to Singapore

The couple decided not to wait for an appointment date in Malaysia, China Press reported. They entered Singapore separately, on Feb. 28 and May 15, 2021.

In late March, Singapore announced that Singaporeans and long-term residents aged 45 to 59 can register for vaccination.

Ho received her first jab in June, and is scheduled to receive her second dose in July.

She said she is very "happy" to receive the vaccination in Singapore and also described the process to be "efficient", as her first dose took only around 45 minutes.

Her husband, Li, has also received his first dose in June.

Photo via China Press.

PRs returning to Singapore and entering via the Causeway or Second Link are required to present a valid negative Covid-19 PDT result for entry into the country.

They must also serve a Stay-Home-Notice (SHN).

Top photos via China Press.