What’s in it for 🇸🇬?

Singaporeans may be allowed to enter Malaysia without COVID-19 restrictions, but this should be a reciprocal arrangement: Putrajaya

Pros

  • Not visiting Malaysia means SG consumers spend local.
  • Making it difficult for Malaysians to enter Singapore means companies hire locals.
  • Opportunity for local companies to reconsider their supply chain and reduce reliance on Malaysia (i.e develop local industries).

Cons

  • SG can’t go for road trip holiday in Malaysia to enhance quality of live during lockdown.
  • SG can’t shop in Malaysia to lower cost of living.
  • SG can’t check on their overseas assets (personal & corporate) in Malaysia (though it must be noted goods are still flowing across the MY-SG border.

But, there is always politics and optics……

14 July: Meet halfway (Compromise)

Singapore, Malaysia targeting to start cross-border travel from Aug 10 for some residents, business visitors

1 Aug: Details of Measures

Measures for Singapore-Malaysia travel include minimum 7-day stay-home notice, COVID-19 test