Singapore and Malaysia appoint senior ministers to coordinate responses on Covid-19

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Singapore and Malaysia have appointed senior ministers to coordinate their responses on the Covid-19 outbreak that has resulted in Malaysia imposing a movement control order.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said coordinating ministers for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob were already in touch, but that it would take several days for arrangements to be worked out and for things to be settled down.

Lee said they would coordinate responses on measures where they could work together or where the actions of one country would affect the other.

On Monday (March 16), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a movement control order to be imposed from Wednesday (March 18) until the end of the month to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

This meant that Malaysians working in neighbouring countries of Singapore and Thailand will not be allowed to commute to work beginning Wednesday.

Lee said that he had discussed the situation with Muhyiddin on the phone on Tuesday (March 17).

“I told him that I understood the reasons why he had made this move, and wished Malaysia success in containing the outbreak. I was happy to hear his reassurance that the flow of goods and cargo between Singapore and Malaysia, including food supplies, would continue, ” he said in a Facebook post.

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