17 Mar 2020
Ref No.: 170320 (2)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Accommodating Workers Affected by Lockdown in Malaysia
ACCOMMODATING WORKERS AFFECTED BY LOCKDOWN IN MALAYSIA
In addition to our previous email on our survey regarding ‘Temporary Accommodation for Malaysian Workers’, ASPRI members can also 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.
Range of Options Available for Companies
For workers who cannot stay with relatives, friends or colleagues, the Government has worked with the private and public sectors to make available a range of short-term housing options:
• 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.
MOM advises employers to assess manpower needs carefully and make a considered decision as to whether they need their affected workers to remain in Singapore. In providing assistance, we will 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. The objective is to minimise any impact on the delivery of services for our people.
For further queries or clarifications on accommodation for affected workers, please contact Ministry of Manpower: