Coronavirus: Malaysians working, studying in Singapore unclear on travel restriction order

A view of the Woodlands Causeway checkpoint on March 16, 2020.
A view of the Woodlands Causeway checkpoint on March 16, 2020.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysians working and studying in Singapore are in the dark after their government issued an order on Monday night (March 16) to restrict movement, prohibiting travel abroad among other measures.

Some 400,000 Malaysians who commute daily to and from Singapore for work and studies are now unsure if the restriction, which starts on Wednesday, will affect them.

The DAP State Assemblyman for Stulang in Johor Baru, Mr Andrew Chen Kah Eng, said in a Facebook post at 11.49pm on Monday that the restriction applied to all Malaysians leaving the country regardless of their purpose.

"I have made an inquiry with Johor Immigration director Baharuddin Tahir," he said.

"He confirmed that the order was comprehensive and included all forms of transport out of the country, even by land," he said in the post, adding that this applied to those who travel to Singapore for work or study purposes.

As of 8.30am on Tuesday, both the Second Link and the Causeway were packed with vehicles entering and leaving the island republic, which should normally continue until 10am.