Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a motion control regulation last night (March 16) to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Under this regulation, Malaysia will ban Malaysians traveling overseas and visitors entering the country from March 18-31.
After the ban, numerous concerns were raised about the impact on Singapore.
Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed these concerns today and outlined Singapore's contingency plans.
He noted that some Singaporeans are concerned with food and essential supplies, while many companies with Malaysian workers are concerned with business continuity.
Most recently, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared the findings of his phone discussion with Prime Minister Muhyiddin on this announcement in a Facebook post today (March 17).
According to Prime Minister Lee, Prime Minister Muhyiddin has assured that "the flow of goods and freight between Singapore and Malaysia, including food supplies, would continue."
Malaysians who live in Johor but work in Singapore must adhere to the Malaysian ban. This means that they can no longer commute to work across the dam boundary.
"We are therefore working out agreements with our companies to help these Malaysian workers stay temporarily in Singapore if they want to," said Prime Minister Lee.
He added that both Singapore and Malaysia have appointed high-level ministers – SM Teo Chee Hean and Dato Sri Ismail Sabri – to coordinate responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Both parties are already in contact, but it may take a few days for the agreements to be cleared and settled.