MO,12/2/2018, JOHOR BARU: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Malaysia will need to hold more talks with Singapore on a one-stop checkpoint for travellers between the two countries. The Deputy Prime Minister said Malaysia respected Singapore’s concern over security matters with the proposed one-stop clearance for the Rapid Transit System and High-Speed Rail.
“This is a matter of security for both countries and I will meet with my counterpart soon to further discuss this matter. “They (Singapore) should form an action body as carried out by Malaysia. Maybe the question of interpretation is different and this needs clarification from both parties between Malaysia and Singapore,” he told reporters after launching upgrading work at Jalan Yong Peng-Segamat yesterday.
He also said RM100mil had been allocated to upgrade the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed described the move as a good idea because technology had been vastly enhanced to provide for better electronic checks on travellers.
“However, all this needs to be discussed as security cannot be compromised,” he added. Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, responding to a proposal by Malaysia for a one-stop checkpoint, reportedly stated that it was not possible to do away with immigration and customs checks for departing travellers.
It said departure checks were a vital part of Singapore’s border security strategy.