9 April 2020, Thursday | 12:09pm

Singapore to help employers provide temporary accommodations for Malaysian workers


SINGAPORE: Government agencies and trade association in Singapore are ready to help local employers to provide temporary accommodation in the republic for their Malaysian workers.

Quoting the republic’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, The Straits Times reported that employers of Malaysian workers who need to put up their staff in temporary accommodations can get help from government agencies and trade associations.

The report said Chan gave the assurance to address concerns among Singaporeans over the implications of the Malaysian government’s enforcement of the Movement Control Order from March 18-31 to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, in his latest Facebook status update, Chan noted that for many years, Singapore has had a contingency plan in case of a disruption of supplies of food and essential items from Malaysia.

“We have put in place robust plans to manage this scenario and will continue to review our strategies to ensure that Singaporeans never run out of food or essential supplies,” he said.

Chan said Singapore has more than three months’ worth of stockpile for carbohydrates such as rice and noodles at the national level.

“For proteins like meat, and vegetables, we will use a combination of fresh, frozen and canned options to meet our demand and we have more than two months’ worth of supplies at normal consumption patterns.

“As for eggs, we have our local production and we are also activating air freight options to substitute the Malaysian supplies should they be disrupted,” he wrote.

In his immediate response on Monday, Chan had also advised businesses that employ Malaysian workers who commute between Singapore and Malaysia daily that they may have to activate their Business Continuity Plans. — Bernama

Source: The Borneo Post




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