M'sian cleaner who commutes to S'pore makes alternate care plans for children in JB as lockdown begins

Siti has been doing so dutifully for the past four years.

Melanie Lim| March 18, 12:24 PM

Malaysians who commute to Singapore for work may be worried about the recent announcement of lockdown measures in their country from Mar. 18 to 31.

Malaysian cleaner makes two hour commute to Singapore

On Mar. 17, Saleemah Ismail, the co-founder of non-profit organisation "New Life Stories", took to Facebook to share an inspirational anecdote about a Malaysian cleaner - Siti - who cleans the street in her area.

In her post, Saleemah highlighted how Siti leaves her house in Johor at 4am to start work in Singapore at 7am everyday, and has been doing so dutifully for the past four years.

Saleemah also added that Siti makes a two hour commute door to door from across the Causeway to help keep Singapore's streets clean, and thanked her for her sacrifice.

According to Saleemah, Siti's employer - Veolia - will be providing her with free accommodations from today till Apr. 1 so she will still be able to work and earn a salary during the two week lockdown period.

Siti has also made arrangements for her children to be cared for while she is away.

On Mar. 17, the Singapore government announced that they will provide additional help for Malaysian workers in Singapore affected by the lockdown.


Saleemah's full post here:

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Top image via Saleemah Ismail on Facebook and Afifi Zulkifle on Unsplash