Tag: migrant workers

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...

Jack Sim makes the case for paying Singaporeans a higher wage for construction jobs

Singapore—Jack Sim, who made a name for himself as the founder of the World Toilet Organization, made a case for paying Singaporeans a higher wage for construction jobs in a lengthy post on Facebook on Monday night (May 25), which has since been widely...

Singapore: The ‘new normal’ and never going back to ‘normal’

Singapore— There are many things to get used to as Singapore enters the first phase of the easing of “circuit breaker” restrictions, with more situations becoming part of our “new normal,” which incidentally also seems to be the catchphrase of the season. Phase 1 of...

“Stop testing the foreign workers:” Tan Kin Lian draws sarcasm from netizens for blatant statement

Singaporean businessman and social activist Tan Kin Lian has recently drawn sarcasm from netizens after publishing a blatant proposition to stop testing foreign workers in order to lower the Covid-19 count in Singapore. Lost for words, many Singaporeans resorted to commenting on Mr Tan's post...

Transporting foreign workers in “animal cages on display” draws heavy criticism from netizens

A video circulating showing foreign workers separated by partitions at the back of a lorry drew widespread criticism from netizens for being very inhumane and unsafe. The video showed a group of foreign workers getting onto a Shin Kai Construction lorry. As they got on...

Netizen asks what happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s vision of a “wholly Singaporean workforce”?

Singapore—Amid the outbreak of cases of coronavirus among the country’s migrant workers, the vision of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister to have a “wholly Singaporean workforce” has emerged again, with one netizen wondering what has happened since the first PM Lee mentioned this in a...

Letter to HK paper: Racism among issues that underlie S’pore’s crowded dorms

While the Singapore Government has "done well in safeguarding the lives and livelihood of migrant workers", there are underlying issues, such as racism and a lack of embracing diverse perspectives, that cannot be ignored, according to a letter published in Hong Kong's South China Morning...

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...

Almost S$130,000 raised for families of 3 foreign workers

Singapore — A crowdfunding campaign will ensure that the family of a foreign worker found motionless at a staircase landing in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) will have their needs met, especially for the education of his daughters. The worker, Indian national Alagu Periyakarrupan, has...

Foreign workers who have recovered from Covid-19 begin stay on cruise ship

Singapore -- A group of foreign workers who have recovered from Covid-19 boarded the SuperStar Gemini, a mid-sized cruise ship, last Wednesday (April 29), the Singapore Tourism Board said on Friday (May 1). The first workers boarded the ship from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre,...