Firms want clear directive on cargo supply to Singapore

Lorries bringing in cargos into Singapore via the Causeway here in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The movement control order (MCO) imposed by the government at Malaysia’s borders has created confusion among local companies supplying goods to Singapore.

Taiko Marketing Sdn Bhd managing director Wong Kim Wah said his company had been supplying chlorine-related products to the island republic on a daily basis without any issue prior to the MCO.

He said their products were mainly used by Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) for their portable water treatment plants.

“Our tankers which usually send chemicals to Singapore could not enter the island republic via the Second Link.

“Our supply chain has been affected due to the MCO, which has also created a lot of confusion,” he said here on Thursday.

Wong added that his company was looking at other viable options, including sea, to send their supply to Singapore.

Johor Lorry Operators Association president Novan Hing said they had received confusing information about the supply of products to Singapore from various agencies.

“Food-related products have been deemed essential supplies and can be exported into Singapore during the MCO but there are other essential cargoes that could not pass through the Malaysian side and this creates problems for many,” he said.

Hing urged the authorities to look into the matter and come up with a clear directive on what kind of cargo can go through Malaysian checkpoints during the MCO.

Meanwhile, an official at the Malaysian Customs Department said all cargoes could now be sent through the country’s borders.

The official said the decision was made during a meeting held by the National Security Council on Wednesday evening.

The official added that as long as the cargoes or items had the necessary permits from the relevant agencies, the lorries would be able to go through the checkpoints without any problem.

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