Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Building Townships for Foreign Workers in Singapore

Recently, the announcement plan to turn an old Technical School in Serangoon Gardens in Singapore into a hostel for 1,000 foreign workers had created an uproar. The residents living in the middle-class Serangoon Gardens estate signed a petition against the change.

In a recent community event on Sunday, Foreign Ministry George Yeo said that the Ministry of National Development (MND) is seriously considering creating a sustainable and self contained townships for foreign workers.

An MP for Aljuneid GRC, Mr Yeo, said that Singaporeans must open their hearts to them as these people contribute to Singapore's economy.

Singaporeans have heard about past plights of the residents living in Little India who complained how their void decks are filled with foreign workers on Sundays and how they do not feel comfortable during this time.

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