NTUC limits purchases, PM Lee says food supplies between Singapore and Malaysia not affected

As Malaysia announced the implementation of a partial lockdown from March 18 to 31 to combat the spread of COVID-19 infections, the flow of goods and cargo between Singapore and Malaysia – including food supplies – will not be affected. 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the flow of goods – including food supplies – between Singapore and Malaysia will not be affected during the partial lockdown from March 18 to 31. Photo: Connected to India
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the flow of goods – including food supplies – between Singapore and Malaysia will not be affected during the partial lockdown from March 18 to 31. Photo: Connected to India

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, March 17, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he had spoken to his counterpart Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. "I told him that I understood the reasons why he had made this move, and wished Malaysia success in containing the outbreak," added PM Lee.

"I was happy to hear his reassurance that the flow of goods and cargo between Singapore and Malaysia, including food supplies, would continue."

However, the Movement Control Order will affect Malaysians living in Johor but working in Singapore, who will have to comply with the lockdown. They will not be able to commute across the border daily, at least for the time being.

"We are therefore working out arrangements with our companies to help these Malaysian workers stay in Singapore temporarily, if they would like to do so," PM Lee said.

He added that meanwhile, he is "happy to see that in the supermarkets, while the queues are longer than usual, people are taking it in their stride and only buying what they need."

Local supermarket chain NTUC Fairprice has started limiting the purchases of essential items that one can buy. Posters were placed at the entries of each supermarket, reminding shoppers to "buy only what they need and not stockpile". 

Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India

Each customer is now limited to four units of paper products, two units of instant noodles/pasta, two bags of rice, SGD 30 worth of vegetable and poultry, as well as 3o eggs. 

NTUC Fairprice at Hillion Mall was relatively empty on the afternoon of March 17, Tuesday. Photo: Connected to India
NTUC Fairprice at Hillion Mall was relatively empty on the afternoon of March 17, Tuesday. Photo: Connected to India

Reassuring Singaporeans of the country's supply chains, PM Lee said, "We need not worry, as we have prepared for such an eventuality, and have plans in place to cope."  

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