Monday, October 6, 2008

Foreign Workers Dormitory Concern in Singapore

If you had been following about the resentment the residents have over the building of a dormitory for foreign workers in Serangoon Gardens, the recent news reported that a new concern shifted over to the residents who live at Tai Hwan and Mei Hwan estates.

To ease the fears about the security and more to the Serangoon Gardens estate, buffers and fences will be built around and the road that will allow access to the dormitory is the one that leads to and from Ang Mo Kio Ave 1. So the buses that ferries these foreign workers will travel along a new access road to the dormitory. However, now that the decision to the access is through Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, the unhappiness had been shifted to the residents that lived at estates - Tai Hwan and Mei Hwan.

The new roads will take as long as 6 to 9 months before they are completed. So now if the residents at these estates find that it is impractical to build the entrance due to congestions, what will be the next decision or steps the government is going to take.

This issue is getting complicated. You can never please anyone. Singapore is a small country with limited land. Not many will want to admit that they really do not want the foreign workers to live in big numbers near their residence.

I feel for them really. It is different when you have a handful but not when you see them crowding in large groups of more than 6 or 10. I believe these are some of the concerns parents have, basically. I would also be uneasy to see groups of men at the void deck, anytime.

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