Singapore to house Malaysian workers during MCO period

Singapore and Malaysia have set up two joint committees to increase cooperation on Covid-19 matters. (Reuters pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians commuting daily to work in Singapore will be provided accommodation by the Singapore government for the two-week period that the movement control order (MCO) is in force, said Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said these Malaysian workers would be required to undergo Covid-19 health screening on their return home.

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. It will also include 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 travel 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,” Ismail said.

On another matter, he said the Malaysians to be brought back from Iran and Italy on March 22-23 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 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.