House migrant workers on floating dormitories

So the Straits Times today has an article where the writer suggests we house migrant workers on floating dormitories.

From what I can gather, the piece smacks of racism, and flawed ideas. For example, that it is the foreign workers themselves who pose health risks to the rest of us, rather than recognise that it is the conditions of neglect which are the sources of actual risks.

The idea of floating dormitories is not new. It was first mentioned by a professor in 2008.

In 2013, I wrote about it again. (See article below.)

We have moved the foreign workers from slums to gated dormitories to cemeteries to townships, and now we suggest moving them to floating structures out at sea.

Have we lost ourselves, dear Singapore? Do we see what we are doing?

We say we appreciate the workers, and make a show of thanking them.

But our actions betray how we actually view them – as disposable and dispensable units to be moved about as per our convenience, or inconvenience.

We treat them no better than cattle.

Have we lost ourselves, dear Singaporeans?

 

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

 

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14 Responses to “House migrant workers on floating dormitories”

  • Dishonest:

    A dishonest GOVERNMENT………a dishonest PRESS!

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  • Be humane:

    These white monkeys want to have the cake and eat it too!

    They want to use them to serve their purpose but dump them somewhere else as nothing doing like slaves.

    When exposed, these shameless idiots try to act nice and wayang, visiting and delivering care packs personally to the dorms.

    Disgusting

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  • Sentosa Dormitory?:

    I copyright my idea to house them in dentist cove or pulau ubin or pulau serangoon.

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  • Average Joe:

    the dissappointments; naivety; callousness; short sightness; mediocre performance displayed by 3G/4G over their sloppy handling of this pandemic failed miserably, instead of assembling a team of medical experts as task force UPFRONT, their over-confidence and over-eagerness to claim credit for their party and themselves lead to many serious mis-steps and job losses now, i shudder at the thought of singapore’s future under this book-smart-scholars who is totally out of touch with the struggles and hardships faced by the masses.

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  • The answer, YES:

    “Have we lost ourselves, dear Singaporeans?”

    Singaporeans lost themselves when they behave like sheep and keep voting those people in.

    PAP cannot check itself. Ignore all the lies they say about ownself check ownself. No politician in history has been able to ownself check ownself.

    The final check is the vote. If Singaporeans continue to vote blindly, what to do?

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  • trublu:

    So far away?
    I suggest HOUSE THEM IN ISTANA DORMS.
    That way,our gahmen cannot say no benefit of proximity?
    Likr that out gahmen can have *BETTER* OVER-SIGHT N DONT NEED SO HINDSIGHT,

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Andrew,
    We @ PAP are fighting for Singaporean First.

    You, Andrew, are fighting for Foreigner First.

    You are a trait** to Singaporean.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    $PAP$ Tua Kee Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • crazy:

    I think you have gone crazy.

    The people who are in the front line are trying to separate these people so that the infection can be controlled.

    We are not like China where they could rally the vast resources they have to build a hospital in 10 days. In our case, it makes sense to use all these infrastructure that is already there.

    The separation of these workers are based on medical considerations, not anything else.

    If the community infection were that great, the medical people would also ask the authorities to do the same.

    Please do not simply comment. You lose credibility when you talk nonsense.

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  • Floatware:

    … and so they moved the dormitories to the waters of Punggol, right in the picturesque view of the spankling new and attractive innovation hub. Better still, can float them towards Johor if necessary.

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  • Do more:

    Need to do more to solve the FW Accomodation issues..to prevent future spread.
    Have to consider all possible options…even floating Dormitories if it helps…
    Time to think out of the box solutions..but need to understand how the Virus actually spread in the FW community to come out with effective counter measures.
    May not be so simple as other countries also has worse overcrowding situation but have not seen high numbers like here.Unless it is a case of undetected infected problem due to lack of testing.

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  • opposition dude:

    I don’t know, the Banglas might get seasick or something.

    All these suggestions just goes to show we have no place to house them once they are moved out of the dorms. My suggestion of using Tekong didn’t come to fruition it seems.

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  • not in my own backyard:

    we’ve said so many times, the Istana is still available. so much space and rooms unoccupied.
    what say you mdm president?
    walk the talk for once..
    no use coming out once in a blue moon to give useless speeches.

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  • WakeupSG:

    “China after SARS failed to clamp down on the wildlife markets that have been the breeding ground for deadly diseases. Now the whole world is paying the price. Nothing short of social and public policy overhaul is needed in Singapore, lest the mistakes of the past sow the seeds of future problems to come.”
    https://wakeupsg.com/2020/04/10/singapore-shouldnt-return-to-normal-once-coronavirus-is-gone/?fbclid=IwAR0xy4h0dxn812TwDDmwyi0OMJKBYv_vlo8IWnXO8EUlp_Xp4RARELrrIMg

    THE SG AUTHORITIES NEED TO OVERHAUL THE DORMS POLICY & NOT SIMPLY RELOCATE THE DORMS IF WE DO LEARN OUR LESSON! IT IS A COSTLY MISTAKE TO FIGHT THE FIRE USING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO MITIGATE THE VIRUS SPREAD LIKE WILD FIRE FUELED BY THE CRAMMED & UNSANITARY DORMS & POORLY VENTILATED & PACKED ROOMS THAT DON’T ALLOW SAFE DISTANCING TO BE PRACTISED!

    TO ALL CONCERNED, WAKE UP!

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  • 70% Dafts:

    Singaporeans see the Glass is half full without seeing the glass is half empty as well.

    They see to good news and ignore or are not aware of the bad news.

    So, why is the dorm measures not able to stop the spreading ? Most Singaporeans do not see this side of the question. All they see is there is few outside dorm. And they perceive based on what they are told.

    Dafts cannot think and question.

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