Malaysian PM Ismail to visit Singapore on Monday, witness launch of land VTL
As part of his visit, Mr Ismail will witness the launch of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) across the Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia together with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The much-anticipated land VTL will allow up to 1,440 citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders quarantine-free entry into each country on designated buses daily, starting from Monday.
Mr Ismail - who took office in August this year - will also call on President Halimah Yacob at the Istana, and have a meeting with PM Lee.
PM Lee will host Mr Ismail for an official lunch. The Malaysian leader will also have a new orchid hybrid named in his honour during a ceremony at the Istana.
Mr Ismail will be accompanied by other Malaysian leaders on his visit, said MFA.
These include Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali; Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah; Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong; Menteri Besar of Johor Hasni Mohammad; and senior officials.
The last official visit by a sitting Malaysian prime minister was in November 2018, when then PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in Singapore to attend the 33rd Asean Summit.
In a statement last Wednesday, the Prime Minister's Office of Singapore said that Singapore and Malaysia have a long-standing, broad and multifaceted relationship.