Tag: foreign workers dormitories

June 2 easing of CB being done cautiously because Covid-19 virus has not been eradicated

Singapore is gradually relaxing circuit breaker restrictions from Tuesday (June 2). "We are easing cautiously," according to National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the ministerial task force dealing with the Covid-19 crisis with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. "We have been able to bring...

Netizen: “Ironic” that migrant workers’ rights activist has apologised to Josephine Teo

Singapore — Many voices have risen in support of activist Jolovan Wham, who has had some legal troubles of late. On Friday (May 22), he issued an apology to Manpower Minister Josephine Teo over allegations of corruption made on social media. He said that, in...

Activist alarmed that workers in dorms have difficulty getting medical attention

Singapore—Migrants’ rights activist Kokila Annamalai has taken to social media once again to shine the light on the problems foreign workers currently locked down in dormitories face, particularly that of having a hard time getting medical care when they need it. In a lengthy...

Netizens praise WP’s Png Eng Huat for asking if operators, dorm owners are liable to pay share of workers’ costs

Singapore—In Parliament earlier this week, Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament Png Eng Huat asked Manpower Minister Josephine Teo if the owners and operators of foreign workers’ dormitories should be responsible for costs incurred in these facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, which has so...

Netizens push back at Tan Chuan-Jin for saying dorm conditions not solely responsible for infection clusters

Singapore—Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin said on Thursday (May 7) that the poor living conditions in foreign workers’ dormitories should not be seen as the sole cause of the outbreak of infection clusters in these living quarters. Instead, the spread should be attributed to...

From Little India riots to coronavirus: How crises can be a catalyst for reform

Singapore—With 85 percent of the country’s coronavirus cases taking place among migrant workers in dormitories, the living conditions of these workers have become part of the national conversation since last month, and old and somewhat forgotten problem suddenly thrust into the center. After the riots...

SG’s Ambassador to US responds to Washington Post article on Covid-19 outbreak among migrant workers

Singapore—On April 22, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Singapore lost control of its coronavirus outbreak, and migrant workers are the victims,” which painted a stark picture of what life is like for the country’s migrant workers, especially in the construction sector. The workers’...

Ministers defend Gov’t response to Covid-19 outbreak among migrant workers

Singapore—In parliament on Monday (May 4), Ministers Josephine Teo and Gan Kim Yong were quick to defend how the Government has responded to the outbreak of coronavirus cases among the country’s migrant workers when other members of parliament ask questions concerning the matter. Ms...

“They are heartless toward foreign workers”– Filipino fast-food server

A Filipino worker at a Singaporean fast-food place was quoted on Saturday (May 2) in Rappler, a local news outfit, as saying that the Covid-19 crisis has made her realize that Singapore is “heartless toward foreign workers.” The writer of the article in Rappler said...

Lesson from S’pore’s Covid-19 outbreak: The stone left unturned

Singapore has been receiving much attention for its latest wave of Covid-19 cases —a wave so large that it catapulted the island nation to the top of the list of South-east Asian countries with confirmed infections. On Sunday (May 3), Singapore has 18,205 Covid-19 cases,...