‘No disruption’ to supply chains after Malaysia tightens COVID-19 measures: Chan Chun Sing

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SINGAPORE: There has been “no disruption” in supply chains between Singapore and Malaysia after the latter announced new measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 this week, the Minister of Trade and Commerce said. Industry, Chan Chun Sing, Wednesday January 13.

Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases have increased by four-digit daily jumps in recent weeks. The country reported 3,309 new infections on Tuesday, bringing its total to more than 140,000 cases.

The King of Malaysia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday that would last until August 1 or earlier depending on the state of COVID-19 infections.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday that COVID-19 restrictions would be tightened from Wednesday, with five states and three federal territories placed under Movement Control Orders (MCOs).

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Under the restrictions, which are in effect until Jan. 26, interstate travel is prohibited through Malaysia, while inter-district travel is not permitted for states under MCO.

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“We are in close contact with our Malaysian counterparts regarding the latest steps they have taken to prevent the virus from spreading further,” Chan said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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“We are both committed to working closely together to maintain the integrity and interdependence of our bilateral supply lines.

“In the past two days, there have been no disruptions in our supply chains and goods have continued to flow freely between our countries,” he said.

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Mr Chan said Singapore had to prepare for possible disruptions to supplies and supply chains throughout the pandemic.

“Over the past few months in particular, we have seen how quickly new clusters can emerge and spread, forcing governments around the world to take tough action to control the transmission of the virus, sometimes disrupting supply chains.” , did he declare.

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He said Singapore had continued to build a “healthy stock” of essential food items, while stepping up diversification efforts and opening new supply lines with many other countries.

“I want to assure Singaporeans that our supply chains are continually diversified and strengthened,” Chan said.

“We are quietly confident but not complacent. I also thank Singaporeans for remaining calm and adaptable in the face of changing circumstances, which has enabled us to better mitigate potential disruption and remain resilient.”

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