SINGAPORE, March 24 -- SportSG's Jurong East Sport Hall, a temporary relief centre set up for workers affected by Malaysia's Movement Control Order (MCO), has ceased operations since Monday.
The republic's Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said the shelter, which had provided relief to 30 Malaysian workers since March 17, was closed given the low number of Malaysian workers who required the facility.
It was also due to the groundswell of community support to house these workers, and the involvement of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in assisting employers to secure accommodation for their employees, it said in its website.
The shelter was set up by MSF as part of the Singapore government's efforts to support local companies with workers affected by the MCO.
During the order period, MSF said MOM and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) also stepped up patrols to check on Malaysians who had not secured accommodation.
Anyone found without a place to stay, MOM would contact the employer to ensure arrangements are made to accommodate the affected employees immediately, it said.
“There has been an outpouring of assistance for affected workers from the community, including MSF's community partners from our PEERS Network and transitional shelters,” said the ministry.
Malaysia is implementing a nationwide MCO from March 18 to March 31, 2020.
This order is enforced under the Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967 and encompasses, among others, a complete travel restriction for all Malaysians going overseas.
Meanwhile, the ministry said MOM has reminded employers of their obligation to ensure their workers are housed in acceptable accommodation.
Employers who fail to do so will be taken to task and may be barred from hiring foreign workers, it said.
On March 17, the Singapore government announced that it will be providing employers in the island country with financial support of S$50 per night for 14 nights for every worker affected by the order.
The MCO had somewhat affected both workpass holders and Singapore’s own citizens, as well as permanent residents who commute daily from Malaysia.
MSF noted that any Malaysian worker who is still without accommodation should contact MOM at email@example.com.
The ministry said the public who wish to support affected workers - through in-kind donations, volunteering to house them - can refer to the SGUnited portal (www.sgunited.gov.sg) or approach the Migrant Workers' Centre (www.mwc.org.sg, 6536-2692).
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