(Photographs and ground information had been supplied by our source to mass media)
The living conditions of the migrant workers came under spotlight yesterday. And yesterday, this magazine carried a short rant about how Singaporeans opposed the authorities for welfare and spending to be allocated to the migrant workers.
Yesterday, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo promised to look into the matter but will give priority to matters of pressing concern to the nation first.
Very quickly, the machinery kicked into action. To give you an idea of the scale; in the S11 dormitory alone there are about 40,000 meals needed. Normally the foreign workers don’t eat catered food – they prefer to cook. Now the situation is different.
Cleaning is now happening more frequently. Cleaning equipment is provided and they are now organised to do area cleaning.
There are medical stations setup to treat workers who are ill, take swabs and isolation facilities for those who require it.
Wifi services are implemented and even mobile markets are starting to take shape and operationalise.
All these things don’t come free – it is tax payers money, so Singaporeans have to be big-hearted enough to accept that. The foreign worker levy collected are dedicated to setting up support networks, building dormitories and ensuring the minimum level of care – even then, employers have always fought MOM on the paying of levy.
And on top of that, there is fake news to battle. Mischief makers are taking old photographs, or photos without context, accusing the workers of being ill fed or fed prison-type food. These are making their rounds on WhatsApp.
If you want to help out, it is far better to channel it to buying snacks with a longer expiration date. It will help with operations as these can be distributed in an orderly way. If you’re giving money to an unknown organisation, please make sure this organisation can handle the money responsibly.