In the wake of Malaysia’s enforcement of a 14-day nationwide restriction of movement order which began yesterday (18 Mar), a “significant number” of the country’s citizens who are residing in Johor but working in Singapore are still struggling to find temporary accommodation, as seen in media reports on workers sleeping at Kranji MRT station last night.
Singapore property portal 99.co has, in response to the problem, launched an initiative to connect Malaysian workers in need of temporary housing with residents and businesses in Singapore who are “willing and able to offer complimentary shelter” up until 31 Mar.
Given that “access to a safe abode is a basic need,” COO of 99.co, Yan Phun, expressed his hope that “more Singaporeans can come on-board our bridging movement so no Malaysian worker has to take to the streets”.
“In a time where borders are being closed, we see a need more than ever to build bridges. We find ourselves in a position to support the community, and would like to be that bridge between those who can offer accommodation and those who need it,” he added.
99.co has partnered with accommodation partners such as MetroResidences to secure temporary accommodation for affected Malaysian workers.
James Chua, CEO of MetroResidences, said that “it is crucial for everyone to come together to render support for one another” during this period.
“We are committed to working with 99.co to provide homes for our friends from Malaysia,” said Mr Chua.
Other than individual workers, business owners in Singapore may also search for temporary housing for their affected Malaysian employees through 99.co.
“99.co will screen all offers and carefully match those who can offer accommodation with those who need it,” according to the company.
“We continue to invite individuals/businesses in need of these spaces, and those who have the capacity to offer temporary housing to reach out to us,” added 99.co.
Members of the public may visit 99.co’s Facebook page for more updates and information.