Maybank and Malaysian Association in Singapore offer S$40,000 land VTL assistance fund

People in Malaysia who earn low wages can get help getting back home through the Singapore-Malaysia Land VTL thanks to a fund set up by Maybank and the Malaysian Association in Singapore (Masis). The fund is called the “Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Support Fund.”

People who work in Singapore and have a valid work permit from Maybank can apply through Masis for up to S$300 in reimbursement for costs related to Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. This money can be used to cover the costs of these tests.

The head of global banking at Maybank Singapore says that since the Covid-19 circuit breaker last April, the bank has been helping Malaysian workers through Masis.

Some of these workers could not cross the border to go home before the VTL scheme between Singapore and Malaysia was set up. Now, there is a “queue” of people who want to go home.

Maybank Singapore has given S$30,000 from its Zakat fund to buy 50 new-to-market items made in Malaysia and give them to 300 low-income Malaysians who work in Singapore.

“Trying halal food from their home country might help them feel better about being away from home. As part of our goal to make financial services more human in the community where we work, we will keep helping where we can.” Seow said.

The Halal Route to Market Program has made 50 new halal food items manufactured in Malaysia accessible in a Singapore supermarket (HalMap).




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