Malaysian who works in Singapore, Mohd Ashraf Azizan is welcomed by his family member in a warm embrace right after he arrives in Johor Bahru following the reopening of Malaysia-Singapore border on 1 April 2022. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022
Malaysian who works in Singapore, Mohd Ashraf Azizan is welcomed by his family member in a warm embrace right after he arrives in Johor Bahru following the reopening of Malaysia-Singapore border on 1 April 2022.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.Penduduk Malaysia yang bekerja di Singapura, Mohd Ashraf Azizan dipeluk erat keluarganya sejurus tiba di Johor Bahru berikutan sempadan Malaysia-Singapura dibuka semula pada 1 April 2022 ketika tinjauan lensa Malaysia Gazette di Johor Bahru, Johor. Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

By Ernalisa Othman

JOHOR BAHRU – The Malaysia–Singapore Second Link (Linkedua) and the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) that have been quiet for the past two years have finally come back to life last midnight with the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore borders.

   The people gathering at Johor Bahru to welcome their loved ones who will be riding motorcycles back to Malaysia following the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore borders on 1 April 2022.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.

The people gathering at Johor Bahru to welcome their loved ones who will be riding motorcycles back to Malaysia following the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore borders on 1 April 2022.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.
Orang awam menyambut penduduk malaysia yang bekerja di Singapura tiba di Johor Bahru dengan menaiki motorsikal berikutan sempadan Malaysia-Singapura dibuka semula pada 1 April 2022 ketika tinjauan lensa Malaysia Gazette di Johor Bahru, Johor. Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

The Singapore and Johor borders were bustling again last night with the presence of family and friends welcoming their loved ones at the causeway.

The routes near the R&F Mall also became the focal point to welcome the travellers on foot from Singapore who walked towards the Sultan Iskandar Building last night.

   Family members waiting for their loved ones who will be crossing the Johor Causeway right after the Malaysia-Singapore borders open at 12 midnight on 1 April 2022 at Johor Bahru.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022

Family members waiting for their loved ones who will be crossing the Johor Causeway right after the Malaysia-Singapore borders open at 12 midnight on 1 April 2022 at Johor Bahru.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.
Ahli keluarga menanti kepulangan pengembara yang mula merentasi Tambak Johor sejurus sempadan Malaysia-Singapura dibuka tepat pukul 12.00am pada 1 April 2022 ketika tinjauan lensa Malaysia Gazette di Johor Bahru, Johor. Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

The Malaysians working in Singapore started to travel on foot two minutes before the clock struck 12 from the Singapore Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex towards Malaysia, accompanied by the cheers of ‘welcome home’ from the public.

It was an emotional moment as they waited for the moment for the Johor Causeway to reopen. The Causeway is among the busiest land route in the world.

An observation by MalaysiaGazette found that the vehicles leaving Singapore also honked as they shout in joy.

A Malaysian, Fajrul Rizal Abu Bakar, 27, who have not returned to Johor Bahru for the past two years was drowned in tears as he could not to finally meet his family members today.  Fajrul Rizal Abu Bakar – Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.
Fajrul Rizal Abu Bakar – Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

“I am among the 100 earliest people who arrived here at 9.15pm to walk home. Throughout our journey, we hoped that this is not an April Fool’s joke.

“I can’t believe this. It is very touching and I can’t describe what it is. Money can’t buy happiness. I will hug my mother first and apologise for my sins,” he said.

On the other hand, Jayanthi Surash, 41, did not want to miss the opportunity to witness the reopening of the national borders after they were shut for more than two years.

Jayanthi Surash- Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

“I am from Skudai. We are very excited. I am happy and I come here just to see the people returning to Malaysia.

“My husband is also in Singapore and he will come back next week, so, we want to welcome those who come home early today,” she said.

The father of four, M. Sanamuganathan, 53, also expressed his exhilaration with the full reopening of national borders and he was there to witness the celebration as the borders between the two countries opened this midnight.

M. Sanamuganathan – Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

“I wish to see the Singaporeans come here, let Johor be more advanced. I am also waiting for my son to come back but he said he would week for two to three more days.

“Seeing other people’s children leaving Singapore tonight is as if I see my own son coming out from Singapore,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ashraf Azizan, 26, admitted that he felt stressed for not being able to return to his hometown for the past two years. He, along with all Malaysians in the republic have been waiting for the full reopening of the borders.

Mohd Ashraf Azizan – Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

“We were stuck inside, for several years, I could not come home and I felt like killing myself sometimes. I miss my mother and children.

   The people started crossing the Johor Causeway right after the Malaysia-Singapore reopen the national borders at 12.00 am sharp at 1 April 2022.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.

The people started crossing the Johor Causeway right after the Malaysia-Singapore reopen the national borders at 12.00 am sharp at 1 April 2022.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 01 APRIL 2022.
Orang ramai mula merentasi Tambak Johor sejurus sempadan Malaysia-Singapura dibuka tepat pukul 12.00am pada 1 April 2022 ketika tinjauan lensa Malaysia Gazette di Johor Bahru, Johor. Foto HAZROL ZAINAL, 01 APRIL 2022.

“Alhamdullilah, my leave was approved. I think I want to be with my family this Ramadan. It was torturous without them. I want to break my fast with my family,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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