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Coronavirus: Travel curbs see fewer trucks crossing Singapore-Malaysia border

May 31, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
These days, Malaysian lorry driver Muhammad Rizwan Muhammad sets off for Singapore at 7am and is able to make it back to his home in Johor Baru in time for lunch.

The bumper-to-bumper traffic at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints have disappeared since both nations imposed travel restrictions under Malaysia's movement control order and Singapore's circuit breaker measures.

Figures from the Department of Statistics show that total merchandise imports from Malaysia to Singapore last month amounted to $3.41 billion and total exports from Singapore to Malaysia stood at $1.18 billion.

The land border between Singapore and Malaysia is one of the busiest in the world, and is usually a flurry of human and vehicle traffic.

Relations between Singapore and Malaysia run deep, said OCBC Bank chief economist Selena Ling, and it would make sense for both countries to coordinate the opening of the border.