S’pore to provide accommodation for M’sian workers : Ismail Sabri


Malaysians who commute daily to work in Singapore will be provided accommodation by the Singapore government for the two-week period when the Movement Control Order (MCO) is in force, said Malaysia’s Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture)

Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said these Malaysian workers would be required to undergo COVID-19 health screening on their return.

He said this was among matters agreed to following discussions between the governments of Malaysia and Singapore.

The two countries also agreed to set up two joint committees, one of which would be jointly chaired by the defence ministers of both countries, he said.

“The second is a Working Committee to be chaired by the Foreign Ministry secretary-general and his Singapore counterpart and which comprises the secretaries-general of other ministries,” he told a press conference after a special ministerial meeting on the MCO here.

He said the Johor government would be involved as this concerned the daily travels of Malaysians to Singapore via the Johor entry point.

“Delivery of food products will continue as usual except that the drivers will be screened each time they enter and exit, and everything will be borne by the Singapore government,” Ismail Sabri said.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the Malaysians to be brought back from Iran and Italy on March 22 and 23 would be quarantined for 14 days.

“All Malaysians in Italy and Iran will be quarantined for 14 days on their return as they are coming from high-risk countries,” he added.

He said Iran and Italy were among countries badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Italy itself registering more than 3,000 deaths.

Earlier, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported as saying that the government was in the process of bringing back 65 Malaysians from Iran and 323 from Italy following the worsening situation in both countries due to COVID-19.