Tag Archives: foreign workers

INHUMANE TREATMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS: HUNDREDS CRAMMED IN MAKESHIFT CONTAINER DORMS

I saw this post from Migrant Workers' Centre Facebook page on the raid of an illegal foreign workers dormitory. I want to bring this out as it was not reported on Straits Times or Channel News Asia. I was shocked by it because I can't imagine such large-scale organised illegal activity happening in Singapore. One of the photos says that at there are a hundred workers staying at that facilities.

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TEO SER LUCK: MIGRANT WORKERS PREFER TO SLEEP WITHOUT MATTRESS BECAUSE IT IS MORE COMFY

When Teo Ser Luck 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!" 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?

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FOREIGN WORKER WITHOUT SAFETY HARNESS, SAFETY AS LAST PRIORITY?

I walked pass a construction site in Serangoon and saw workers working dangerously at the top of the building. They were working at heights without any safety harness. One accidental slip and they would have fallen off the three storey structure. This construction firm is Euro Builders. Really is a black sheep of the Construction industry! Placing workers' safety last!

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ARE FOREIGN WORKERS’ LIVES REALLY BECOMING BETTER?

It states that “Urging authorities to look into the payment of recruitment fees, he says new migrant workers have to pay almost S$16,000 to come to Singapore for work, compared with the S$7,000 he paid when he first came here”. This may highlight that things may have gotten worse for some foreign workers, as it may literally mean that they have to work for free for more than a year to pay off the recruitment fees, which have increased by 129 per cent in this instance ($16,000 divided by $7,000).

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COMMEMORATING INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY?

In 2007, his wife discovered that she had breast cancer, and her medical treatment, which cost about S$14,000, put a financial strain on the family. Five years later, Mr Muthusamy himself had to undergo bypass surgery — and it was then that he decided to give up his Singapore citizenship after 38 years. The whole family reluctantly moved back to their village in Alangottai and relied on his Central Provident Fund savings to get by.”

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ROWDY FOREIGN WORKERS HARASSED LOCAL INDIAN WOMEN AT EAST COAST BBQ

While most families were out celebrating their Deepavali holiday yesterday, one unfortunate reader and her friends and family were harassed by a group of rowdy foreign workers while they were barbecuing at East Coast Park. One of the drunk Indian workers even approached the local women and demanded food, drinks and even beer. Although the women gave food and drinks to avoid any trouble, the workers turned aggressive when the women told the workers that they had no beer. It took the arrival of the Singapore Police Force to defuse the situation.

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GOVT’S LAX ATTITUDE TO PRC CYCLISTS AT WOODLANDS CRESCENT IS DISAPPOINTING

Are we changing our environment to accommodate foreign workers' habits? The location where the pictures are taken is a hot spot for cyclist (foreign workers) along woodlands crescent every morning and evening. A video was being uploaded recently. The recent widening of the bus stop waiting area seem to be passing the wrong signal to the cyclists that it is permissible to cycle on footpath which is not even allowed in the first place. Being a resident of this area, I am very sure that at least 50% of the cyclist are PRC, the rest being made up of other nationalities with only a small fraction of locals.

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INDIAN FOREIGN WORKERS CAME TO MY HOUSE & RETURNED ME MY LOST WALLET & $1000 NOTE

Through the peep hole I saw 3 Indian men standing in front of my house, I thought to myself "what the hell do they want!!". Speedily I unlocked my gate and walked out to them, Muru Muru said," is this yours? Check the one thousand dollars note inside!!". Still blur from my evening nap I immediately realized that they are angels sent from heaven to deliver my lost wallet that I haven't even realized is gone @ that time.

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WHY MUST HAVE TEMP S-PASSES TO SEND LOCALS FOR TRAINING

According to the Straits Times news report “Labour relief for SMEs” (Aug 26) – “Under the new Lean Enterprise Development Scheme announced last Wednesday, the MOM will allow SMEs to hold on to more of their better-skilled foreign workers on S Passes while they shed the number of foreign workers on work permits who do manual work. Ordinarily, both ranks would have had to be cut in similar proportions.

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