SINGAPORE (Mar 20): Most Malaysians working here The Edge Singapore spoke to are making the best of these trying circumstances. Take Emily Wong Yilian who already rents a place here and goes back only during the weekends. She now has to stop doing so for the next two weeks. “I can still meet my family after the lockdown. And thankfully both my parents are quite independent and don’t heavily rely on me,” says Wong, who works as a relationship manager at an MNC.

Others like Jojo Cheng, who works as an administrative officer in an automotive company, are able to enjoy accommodation provided by her employer. She went back to JB, grabbed some essentials and was back before the March 18 midnight lockdown. “If I choose to stay in Johor, my annual leave and work will be affected,” she adds.

Unfortunately, not all employers were willing to provide accommodations for their employees. A retail staff for a clothing brand, who wants to be known only as Khider, says he and two other colleagues who also commute daily, have been told to either take paid leave or find a place to stay in Singapore during this period.

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