Soon, travellers may only be checked once under a proposal to improve traffic flow at the Johor–Singapore Causeway, says Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. According to The Star, Najib said the plan was for people going into Singapore to be checked in the republic, and those heading to Johor will be checked on the Malaysian side. Apparently, there’s also a proposal to have a covered walkway for pedestrians.

Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the chairperson of a special committee tasked to solve the traffic congestion on the Causeway, will be meeting with Singapore’s deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean to further refine this proposal.

“They (Singapore) must form an action body as carried out by Malaysia – I have not met with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (Teo) because he is in the same position as I and we will discuss the matter in detail,” Zahid told Bernama during a conference after launching the project to rebuild the Yong Peng-Segamat federal road in Tenang recently.

He also said if the proposal could be implemented, the single checkpoint would play an important role in enabling a smooth flow of traffic and overcome the problem of congestion plaguing the Causeway. “We know that there is a bottleneck at the Johor Causeway and I have discussed with the Johor Menteri Besar for the state government as well as the federal government to tackle the issue together,” he added.

“Malaysia is very serious in dealing with the congestion issue at the Causeway as we have allocated RM100 million for upgrading works to overcome the problem,” said Zahid.

Separately, deputy home minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed told The Sun that the proposal for a single immigration and customs checkpoint at the Johor Causeway was good, but Singapore’s Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) has turned it down.

Jazlan cautioned that we should not compromise on security. “If we let a single terrorist sneak into the country, it would be a big damage to our society,” he said. The Straits Times yesterday quoted MHA as saying “it is not possible to do away with immigration and custom checks (on the Singaporean side) for departing travellers. The Singapore government will continue to work with Malaysia to explore other practical ways to facilitate travel between Singapore and Malaysia,” it added.