Minister of State for MOM Teo Ser Luck recently visited a migrant workers' dormitory in celebration of International Migrants Day.
When he visited their sparsely furnished sleeping quarters, he said: "Quite comfy! I learnt that some workers prefer to sleep without a mattress as they are used to it back in their home country. They find it more comfortable and cooler too!"
A foreign worker who read this responded by saying "Sir in our home we used to sleep at the mattress but here not for comfortable we r sleeping without mattress, it's just coz of wether so hot in the room. One room 12 person but only 2 fan. Is it possible to sleep in a mattress with 2 fan only? Dormitory management never allow more than 2 fan in the room. Anyway sir, we r happy to work in Singapore because we can work safely in Singapore as mom is giving us safe environment in our work place. But we will more happy if we get more comfortable dormitory life."
We can't help but wonder when he tried to lie on their bed – which is nothing more than a wooden plank – did he find it comfortable? Or does he sleep on an expensive pocketed coil mattress with luxurious silk bedsheets back at home? Is this another case of Ministers living up in their ivory tower where they think that the poor elderly folks on the street collecting cardboard boxes do it as a form of exercise?
It's easy for ministers and experts to say as they are not the ones who pay the price!