Are companies in Singapore and Malaysians reacting well to Malaysia’s unexpected Movement Restriction Order?

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Until the end of March, Malaysia has released a Restriction Movement Order, effectively banning Malaysians from travelling out of the country and visitors from entering Malaysia.

In response to this unexpected news, many Singaporeans were afraid that our supply of food will drop and started panic buying.

However, news that trading of essential goods between Malaysia and Singapore will continue came to the relief of many. Including companies.

Food Businesses

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Arrangements are being made by food suppliers in Singapore to ensure that food is being delivered to Singapore.

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Although there were some hiccups in the beginning due to confusion, suppliers from Singapore and Malaysia are working together so that we have a steady supply of food.

Other industries?

On the whole, goods were coming into Singapore as per normal. This includes pharmaceutical products and infant diapers

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Although it was noted that some companies were not allowed into Singapore.

How are the Malaysians in Singapore coping?

  • Most companies are arranging accommodations for affected workers
  • Firms like SMRT and Confinement Angels have responded swiftly and effectively to respond to the needs of their workers
  • Life for these Malaysian employees are going as per normal
  • However, there are some Malaysians who are now in Singapore who may be slightly more affected
  • People who are working in the Construction Industry are most notably the most affected as their workspaces are located in Malaysia
  • The Construction and Manufacturing Sectors noted that works may have to slow down as a majority of the precast concrete products used in Singapore are brought in from Malaysia, especially Johor Bahru
  • Construction products are not considered under “essential items”, hence cannot be imported from Malaysia in the coming 2 weeks

Malaysian workers’ welfare looked after?

  • Singapore Government is issuing $50 per worker per night for 14 nights to cover the extra costs incurred
  • A heart-warming story of SMRT looking out for their employees: 
    • SMRT has provided hotel accommodations for affected employees for the next 2 weeks, ensuring that life can still go on
  • However, this is not the case for all affected Malaysians. Unfortunately, some employers have yet to take action to help their employeesAt least 20 Malaysian workers were seen sleeping behind the gates of Kranji MRT Station on March 18, 2020.
  • Malaysian workers were spotted at Kranji MRT sleeping as they have not found accommodation.

We thank all workers for their sacrifice!!

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