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Workers hope for improved living spaces, safer transport

May 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Migrant workers The Straits Times spoke to said they hope their living spaces can be improved, with some citing space, washrooms and transportation in particular.

One of the most common suggestions among the 10 workers interviewed was to reduce the occupancy rate in dormitory rooms.

At the S11 dormitory in Punggol, workers often have to queue to use the centralised washrooms on every floor in the mornings, said resident Jasim Uddin, 31.

Mr Panchadara Nagendra, 34, recalled how he stayed with 44 others a few years ago, in a dormitory room measuring 8m by 8m. "The room smelled bad because workers dried wet clothes inside. Also, there were cockroaches and bed bugs," said Mr Nagendra, who now stays in Sungei Tengah Lodge in Choa Chu Kang, which can house 25,000 workers.

Mr Bikramjit Singh, 32, said: "I read people saying we are treated badly here. We are looked after better than my countrymen working in the Middle East. Over there, if there's a problem, they send workers home."