Tag: migrant workers

Migrant worker found with throat slit after alleged suicide attempt

A migrant worker was found lying on a staircase with his throat slit on August 2. The 36-year-old man slit his own throat in an alleged suicide attempt at a dormitory in Sungei Kadut. A photo of the scene shows the man lying next to...

More research needed on the pros and cons of immigration in Singapore

Singapore—In an opinion piece for The Straits Times, NUS Professor Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng writes about the advantages and disadvantages of immigration in Singapore, in the light of it being a much-discussed issue in the recent General Election, with many Singaporeans weighing in on...

Activist says calls for Josephine Teo to step down have been continuous

Singapore—Migrants’ rights activits Kokila Annamalai wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 15) that she has seen continued calls for Manpower Minister Josephine Teo to step down due to allegations of poor management at the dormitories of migrant workers, where the vast majority...

Lawrence Wong: We will need to live with Covid-19 for a long time to come

Singapore — National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has emphasised that Singapore, and indeed the rest of the world, will need to live with the presence of Covid-19 for a long time to come. He said this on Tuesday (June 9) in the second of a...

Video goes viral — Foreign workers in Kranji dormitory rush for groceries

Singapore — A video of dozens of foreign workers in a dormitory in Kranji rushing to get groceries has gone viral. The workers did not queue and had no regard for safe distancing despite the Covid-19 danger. The video was posted on the Facebook page...

Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected

Malaysia reported 277 coronavirus cases Thursday, its biggest daily increase, due to a growing outbreak at a migrant detention centre, sparking accusations the government is failing to protect foreign workers. The Southeast Asian nation has had a relatively small outbreak, reporting 8,247 cases in total,...

Singaporeans “should take a good hard look at our own racism”

Singapore — Lest Singaporeans jump on the #BlackLivesMatter bandwagon too quickly, there has been a call for us all to "take a good hard look at our own racism". The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week at the hands of the police has sparked...

Activist asks why expats flouting circuit breaker measures were not deported and banned from working in S’pore like work permit holders

Kokila Annamalai, a petitioner for migrant worker rights, took to social media questioning an alleged double standard with regards to employment pass holders and work permit holders who flouted circuit breaker rules. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jun 2), Ms Annamalai pointed out that...

Several Singaporeans unhappy about new workers’ dormitories being built near residential area

Singapore—The news that new dormitories will be built with better standards for migrant workers was greeted with some dismay by several Singaporeans. The annoucement was made by the National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (June 1). The point that some of the dormitories would be built...

Singapore “has done more for our migrant workers than any other country with large numbers of them”

Singapore's treatment of its migrant workers has been defended by Ambassador to the United States Ashok Kumar Mirpuri in a letter to the New York Times (NYT) as a rebuttal to an opinion piece on its website edition entitled A Sudden Coronavirus Surge Brought Out Singapore’s...