Terrible living conditions of migrant workers in S’pore in 2017 photographed
Migrant Workers' Centre conducted a spot check in August.
The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) conducted a spot check at two migrant worker dormitories in Geylang on Aug. 13.
They found that the workers living there were subjected to appalling living conditions and rancid food.
The dormitories housed workers from three related construction companies, reportedly managed by a Bangladeshi permanent resident.
According to Yahoo News, one of the companies is SJH Trading.
Problems found in the dormitories include:
- Overcrowding – Each unit housed more than the maximum of eight occupants stipulated by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). At peak occupancy, each unit could house up to 30 workers.
- No proper bedding – Many workers had to resort to sleeping on floors and in the common corridors.
- Bug infestation – MWC found signs of cockroach and bedbug infestations on the walls of the dorms.
- Filthy toilets and showers – MWC mentioned that the toilets were ‘unacceptably filthy’ and inadequate, as up to 13 people shared one toilet.
- Expired food – Workers were served breakfast and lunch that were prepared up to more than 12 hours in advance.
Here are more photos from the spot check that MWC posted on Facebook on Aug. 17:
You can read the MWC post here:
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All images and image captions via Migrant Workers’ Centre Facebook page