Taxi drivers

Reopening of the Malaysian border: JB-Singapore taxi drivers breathe a sigh of relief | Malaysia

Taxi drivers wait for customers around Larkin Sentral in Johor Baru, March 25, 2022. ― Bernama pic

JOHOR BARU, March 25 ― Following the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic which had disrupted people’s lives, the announcement of the reopening of land borders from April 1, is the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel for many, especially the pilot taxis operating the Johor Baru-Singapore route.

Hafiz Kasah, 48, who has been transporting Malaysians and Singaporeans for six years, said the announcement of the reopening of borders was long-awaited news for taxi drivers.

A father of seven, Hafiz said the Covid-19 pandemic has forced him and his fellow drivers to resort to selling food while waiting for the situation to recover.

“We had to look for other initiatives to survive, we all have families to feed, Alhamdulillah, of course, we are grateful and welcome the government’s announcement (on the reopening of borders) yesterday,” he said. told Bernama when he met at the Larkin Sentral bus terminal here today. .

Fellow driver Azali Ahmad, 58, said he was excited and looking forward to getting back to work, taking commuters and tourists to and from Singapore.

“We (the taxi drivers) are extremely grateful and happy because this is what we have been waiting for for two years. I hope it will come true.

“(Due to Covid-19) we had no income because when Singaporeans couldn’t come here we couldn’t travel around the country, however, I’m grateful to still have other sources of income” , said Azali who started driving taxis three years ago.

A total of 200 taxi drivers operate the Johor Baru-Singapore route at the terminal and most of them will take commuters from Johor Baru to Bugis Taxi Stand and Singapore-Johor Taxi Stand in Ronchor, Singapore.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, through a joint statement issued by the Prime Ministers’ Offices of the two countries, announced that Malaysia and Singapore had agreed to reopen their borders. land to fully vaccinated travelers from April 1, without the need for them to take Covid-19 tests before departure and on arrival or to be quarantined, in accordance with the transition to the endemic phase. ― Bernama