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Temporary Housing Support (THS) for employers affected by Malaysia’s Movement Control Order

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will provide temporary housing support to help employers who are affected by Malaysia’s implementation of a Movement Control Order.

With the implementation of a Movement Control Order which bans Malaysia citizens from going overseas and non-Malaysia citizens from entering Malaysia between 18 March 2020 and 31 March 2020, local employers made efforts at short notice to house in Singapore, affected workers who commute across the Singapore-Malaysia border frequently.

To help employers defray the additional costs of housing affected workers in short-term housing, eligible employers can apply for the THS.

MOM will not be extending the THS beyond 31 March 2020. For their own long-term sustainability and business continuity reasons, employers will need to decide on how best to house their affected workers in Singapore, and the sharing of additional costs with their workers.

Who is eligible

Employers will generally receive $50 per affected worker per night, capped at 14 nights, to cover the extra housing costs incurred.

Affected worker(s) must:

  • Be Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR) or work pass holders who are Malaysia citizens;
  • Reside in Malaysia and commute frequently to Singapore; and
  • Be housed in Singapore in proper accommodation, such as hotels, dormitories or rented accommodation (HDB flats and private residential property), latest by 25 March 2020.
Employers must ensure that their affected workers are housed in proper accommodation. If your affected workers are staying in workplaces which are converted for temporary housing, you need to seek MOM’s approval to be eligible for THS by 25 March 2020. MOM will contact you for more information, including making video calls or conducting inspections to ensure that the workers are housed in proper accommodation.

How to apply

What do you need
  • Proof of employment for affected worker(s):
    • CPF Form 90 for January 2020 and February 2020 (only for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents); and
    • Itemised pay slip(s) for salary payment for March 2020.
  • Proof of stay in proper accommodation for affected worker(s) in Singapore:
    • For hotels and dormitories:
      Copy of bill / receipts showing names of all affected workers, period of accommodation and address of proper accommodation. The period of accommodation must minimally cover 25 March 2020 to 31 March 2020.
    • For HDB flats and private residential properties:
      Copy of transaction receipts from owner of HDB / private residential property showing names of all affected workers, period of accommodation and address of proper accommodation. The period of accommodation must minimally cover 25 March 2020 to 31 March 2020.
    If the accommodation is paid by the affected worker upfront, you will also need to show proof of reimbursement to the worker.
  • Proof of residential address in Malaysia for affected worker(s) (only for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents):
    • Scan of NRIC, front and back; and
    • Supporting documents indicating residential address in Malaysia.
Application

Employers can apply for THS online.

Application will be open from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

For affected worker(s) housed in workplaces which are converted for temporary housing, please do not submit this application. MOM will contact eligible employers who had previously submitted their application for MOM’s approval of the temporary housing by 25 March 2020 to advise on the next steps.

Employers will not be eligible for support if:

  • Your affected worker was not in your employment between 18 March 2020 and 31 March 2020;
  • Your company did not pay salary to your affected worker between 18 March 2020 and 31 March 2020; or
  • Your company is applying for or has received support under the Leave of Absence Support Programme for the same group of affected workers.

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