Dormitory Workers Allege Shocking Conditions of Neglect, Filthy Food and Healthcare Lapses


Chinese workers at the Westlite Jalan Tukang dormitory have taken to Chinese social media messaging platform Weixin to complain about ill-treatment and poor living conditions.

Photos and text messages shared by the workers reveal the stunningly poor living conditions which they have been subjected to.

Some photos shared show meals distributed to workers which contain bugs and even several bits of newspaper.

Text messages allege overcroweding, with some small rooms housing 10 workers at a go.

The straw that broke the camel’s back appears to be the issue of healthcare lapses.

Workers complain that their room-mates who contracted the Covid-19 virus are allowed to remain in the dormitory room despite the highly-infectious nature of the virus, and that only those with very serious symptoms were sent to a medical facility.

As a result, according to these allegations, 500 of the 2000 Chinese workers have contracted the virus so far.

Some who allegedly contracted the virus and were told to remain in the dormitory say they were promised medicine to help with their pain, but the medicine was never delivered.

A number of workers who contracted the virus say they chose to sleep along the drain areas and corridors instead of their dormitory room to avoid infecting their friends.

Riot police were dispatched to the dormitory yesterday, after a large crowd of workers was seen gathering in a common area.

The Manpower Ministry says that it has found healthcare lapses and is investigating the matter.

Last year, over 150,000 dormitory workers contracted the Covid-19 virus.

In a black day for the nation, 24th July 2020, at least two workers attempted suicide, while a third is believed to have taken his own life.

After the shameful living conditions of foreign workers’ dormitories was publicised across international news outlets, the Manpower Ministry declared in September that year that it will look into improving living standards in these dormitories.

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