SINGAPORE: There have been “no disruptions” to provide chains between Singapore and Malaysia after the latter introduced additional steps to curb the unfold of COVID-19 this week, Commerce and Business Minister Chan Chun Sing stated on Wednesday (Jan 13).
COVID-19 circumstances in Malaysia have risen in four-digit every day jumps in current weeks. The nation reported a report 3,309 new infections on Tuesday, bringing its complete to greater than 140,000 circumstances.
Malaysia’s king on Tuesday declared a state of emergency that may final till Aug 1 or earlier relying on the state of COVID-19 infections.
On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin stated COVID-19 restrictions can be tightened from Wednesday, with 5 states and three federal territories positioned below Motion Management Order (MCO).
Underneath the restrictions, that are in place till Jan 26, interstate journey is banned throughout Malaysia whereas travelling between districts will not be allowed for the states below MCO.
“We’re in shut contact with our Malaysian counterparts relating to the newest strikes they’ve taken to forestall the virus from spreading additional,” stated Mr Chan in a Fb put up on Wednesday.
“We’re each dedicated to working intently collectively to keep up the integrity and interdependence of our bilateral provide traces.
“Over the past two days, there have been no disruptions to our provide chains and items have continued to circulation freely between our nations,” he stated.
Mr Chan stated that Singapore has needed to put together for potential disruptions to provides and provide chains all through the course of the pandemic.
“Over the previous few months specifically, we’ve got seen how rapidly new clusters can emerge and unfold, leading to governments world wide having to take robust measures to manage the transmission of the virus, generally disrupting the provision chains,” he stated.
He stated that Singapore has continued to construct up a “wholesome stockpile” of important meals objects, whereas strengthening diversification efforts and opening up new provide traces with many different nations.
“I need to guarantee Singaporeans that our provide chains are frequently being diversified and strengthened,” stated Mr Chan.
“We’re quietly assured however not complacent. I additionally thank Singaporeans for staying calm and adaptable amidst the evolving state of affairs which has allowed us to higher mitigate potential disruptions and keep resilient.”