In view of Malaysia’s announcement to implement a Movement Control Order, many companies in Singapore are making efforts to house workers who commute across the Singapore-Malaysia border frequently.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower urged companies to encourage affected workers to stay with their relatives, friends or colleagues, who may be willing to accommodate them for a short period. This may be the option most amenable to some workers.

The Ministry also provided a range of short-term accommodation options for companies:

• Hotels/Dormitories: There is a range of hotel/dormitory options currently available.
• Accommodation, such as rooms and whole property in both the HDB flats and private residential property market.

The Ministry advised employers to assess their manpower needs carefully and make a considered decision as to whether they need their affected workers to remain in Singapore. It added that it would prioritise the needs of firms that provide essential services such as healthcare, security, cleaning, waste management, facilities management, logistics and transport.

“The Government is looking into providing financial support for companies that need to urgently accommodate their affected workers, and will release more details shortly. The Government will also be working with the hotel/dormitory providers on providing lower cost rentals. Our objective is to minimise any impact on the delivery of services for our people.”

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