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Smiles, waves and tears describe the touching scene captured near the shores of the Malaysian-Singapore border as loved ones separated by the Covid-19 pandemic shared a quick glimpse at one another from across the water
This came about after several Malaysians were given a chance to be closer to their loved ones who are stuck in Singapore due to the international travel restrictions enforced during the pandemic.
An online contest hosted by the R&F Princess Cove property development project in Johor offered lucky winners a special cruise aboard a yacht that sailed from Malaysia and got as close as they could to our island neighbour.
Contestants were asked to leave a short message detailing how long they have been separated from their loved ones, and winners were supposedly selected at random.
Images shared online saw men, women and children holding up signs and waving their hearts out at their loved ones as they float by the Woodlands Waterfront Park jetty in Singapore.
The tender moment was also captured from across the sea as footage of Malaysian citizens waving back as their families sailed by proved to be too much for some to take.
At Woodlands jetty this morning, some Malaysians stuck in #Singapore since the March #MCO were finally able to catch a glimpse of their loved ones who were on a yacht that came as close to the border as it could pic.twitter.com/mBUFvZCdEE— Afifah Ariffin (@AfifahCNA) October 24, 2020
Previously, Malaysians witnessed a similarly stirring scene when a family said “hello” to one another from across the Singapore Strait.
Travel between Malaysia and Singapore is only allowed for essential businesses and official purposes via the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) made by both countries to facilitate safe travel during the pandemic.
However, Malaysians working there can still return to the country for short-term leave provided approval and strict standard operating procedures (SOP).
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