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2 Okt 2023

Gutzy Asia (Taiwan)

TWC2 voices concern over migrant workers’ transportation struggles at Changi Coastal Dormitory

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-profit organization advocating for equitable treatment of migrant workers in Singapore, recently highlighted the challenges faced by workers residing at a dormitory along Tanah Merah Coast Road...

Mr [Alex Au, VP TWC2] also noted that for a dormitory accommodating around 10,000 residents, the shuttle service appears inadequate, and the migrant workers have been charged S$1 for each trip since the beginning of the year...

“The dormitory should never have been given approval to be built there. We would not build housing for Singaporeans where there are no amenities and no transport, ” Mr Au asserted.

Mr Au stressed that the cost of this oversight should not fall upon the workers but rather on planning authorities, employers, and the dormitory operator.

“The dormitory operator or the employers who choose to put their workers there should bear the cost of making life easier for the men.”

“The workers themselves should not have to bear the cost of others’ mistakes, by having to walk in a hot sun, wasting time waiting for the bus, or paying for the shuttle ride.”...

A screenshot of Facebook comments, shared in the video, revealed that some workers are grappling with difficulties when it comes to accessing public transport.

Several individuals emphasized the gravity of this issue, highlighting that it poses a significant challenge for the workers. They find it exceedingly tough to venture outside, especially during emergencies.

One worker shared a specific incident where the consequences of missing the bus after 10:45 a.m. left them in a state of uncertainty. While some lorry drivers extended their assistance, others did not, creating a dilemma for the workers...