Singapore: Riot police deployed to Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory in Jurong, a place for Chinese migrant workers

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Did you think that the migrants are Indians?

No, they are Chinese from Mainland China.

Aid floods in for Chinese workers alleging neglect in Singapore dormitory hit by Covid-19

The Chinese diaspora and embassy in Singapore are pitching in to help workers grappling with poor living conditions after being alerted to their plight by a viral post on WeChat At one point, riot police were called to the dorm.

The Chinese embassy now says it is closely monitoring the situation and local authorities are ‘working hard to resolve the workers’ demands’

Dewey Sim in Singapore

Published: 9:37pm, 14 Oct, 2021

A viral WeChat post about Chinese foreign workers grappling with poor conditions and delayed access to medical aid in a Singapore dormitory affected by Covid-19 has prompted an outpouring of aid and support, including from Beijing’s embassy in the city state.

Local media said disquiet in the dormitory in Singapore’s largely industrial Jurong district reached a tipping point on Wednesday, with armoured riot police called in at one point as a precautionary measure.

The Singapore Police Force declined to comment.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower meanwhile said its officers had been deployed to the site to investigate.

“Preliminary investigations found that there were indeed some delays in conveyancing workers who tested positive for Covid-19 from their rooms to a care or recovery facility,” the ministry said.

The WeChat post, by an account that frequently posts Singapore-centric news, on Tuesday said about a quarter of the Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory’s 2,000 residents had tested positive for Covid-19.
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The post included screenshots of what appeared to be conversations with workers living in the dormitory, who said that the rooms were not disinfected and that they often found worms, flies and strands of hair in their food. Other images show workers donning helmets and outfits that belonged to shipbuilding firm Sembcorp Marine.

“Chinese workers face unfair treatment and their dignity is trampled on,” the post said. “They love Singapore and are willing to sacrifice to help the virus situation but they are now shoved aside.”

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3152384/aid-floods-chinese-workers-alleging-neglect-singapore

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Published October 14, 2021
Updated October 14, 2021


Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/mom-investigates-claims-about-covid-19-health-breaches-jurong-dormitory-riot-police?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A screengrab of a video purportedly showing riot police deployed at Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory on Oct 13, 2021.
A screengrab of a video purportedly showing riot police deployed at Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory on Oct 13, 2021.
Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/mom-investigates-claims-about-covid-19-health-breaches-jurong-dormitory-riot-police?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has responded to claims about breaches of Covid-19 health protocols, a lack of access to medical support and poor quality of catered food at a dormitory at Jalan Tukang in Jurong.

On Wednesday (Oct 13), officers from MOM’s Forward Assurance and Support Teams (Fast) were deployed to the dormitory to investigate the claims.

The Singapore Police Force also responded to a call for assistance at the dormitory at about 12.55pm, said the ministry.

The allegations were made in an online article published on Weixin on Tuesday, an MOM spokesperson said on Wednesday in response to CNA’s queries.

Weixin is the domestic version of WeChat used in China.

“MOM’s preliminary investigations found that there were indeed some delays in conveyancing workers who tested positive for Covid-19 from their rooms to a care or recovery facility to recover,” it said.

The ministry said it was working on transferring those who need further medical care to healthcare facilities for treatment.

It added that roommates of positive cases were allowed to return to work upon producing a negative antigen rapid test result.
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On Wednesday afternoon, police forces were deployed to Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory.

When CNA arrived at the migrant workers’ dormitory at about 4pm, there was a heavy security presence, with four Special Operations Command vehicles and several other armoured police vehicles parked along the road outside.

Dozens of police officers were in protective gear, along with other officers in red berets

Riot shields were seen leaning against barricades set up at the dormitory’s entrance, which was being guarded by police personnel wearing personal protective equipment.

At about 5.50pm, the police in protective gear started to board armoured vehicles to leave the site.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/mom-investigates-claims-about-covid-19-health-breaches-jurong-dormitory-riot-police?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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