No supply-chain disruptions despite Malaysia's new MCO measures: Chan Chun Sing

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Delivery trucks at Tuas Checkpoint.
Delivery trucks at Tuas Checkpoint. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — While Malaysia announced further movement-control measures earlier this week to curb the spread of COVID-19, there have been no disruptions to Singapore’s supply chains from the neighbouring country, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.

Chan said in a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday (13 January) that his ministry is in close contact with its Malaysian counterpart regarding the latest measures, and both sides are committed to maintaining the “integrity and interdependence” of the bilateral supply lines.

“Over the last two days, there have been no disruptions to our supply chains, and goods have continued to flow freely between our countries,” Chan wrote in his Facebook post.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had announced on Monday a tightening of COVID-19 restrictions, with five states and three federal territories placed under Movement Control Order (MCO) until 26 January.

Under the latest restrictions, interstate travel is banned across Malaysia, while travelling between districts is not allowed for the states under MCO.

On Tuesday, Malaysia's king also declared a state of emergency that could last until 1 August, depending on the state of COVID-19 infections.

WATCH: Malaysia reimposes MCO in 6 states amid COVID-19 surge

Healthy stockpile of essential food items: Chan

Chan said in his Facebook post that, over the last few months, governments around the world have had to take tough measures to control the transmission of COVID-19, given how quickly new clusters can emerge and spread. This can sometimes disrupt supply chains around the world.

Nonetheless, he said that Singapore has a “healthy stockpile” of essential food items, and has opened up new supply lines with other countries.

“Through the course of the pandemic, we always have to prepare for potential disruptions to our supplies and supply chains,” he wrote in his Facebook post.

“In light of the uncertain global situation, Singapore has continued to build up a healthy stockpile of essential food items. We have also strengthened our diversification efforts and opened up new supply lines with many other countries.”

Chan added that Singapore’s supply chains are continually being diversified and strengthened, and thanked Singaporeans for “staying calm and adaptable” amid the evolving global COVID-19 situation.

“We are quietly confident but not complacent,” he said.

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