Dormitories trying to organise more activities for foreign workers
- POSTED: 25 Dec 2013 21:35
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Foreign worker dormitories are finding it tough to sustain activities during weekends and public holidays after the Little India riot. Westlite Dormitory, which manages three dormitories, said even though it has taken steps to enhance activities, coming up with more programmes may be a challenge.
SINGAPORE: Foreign worker dormitories are finding it tough to sustain activities during weekends and public holidays after the Little India riot.
Westlite Dormitory, which manages three dormitories, said even though it has taken steps to enhance activities, coming up with more programmes to keep the workers occupied may be a challenge.
This is because the number of buses ferrying workers to Little India has been reduced, and many employers are also discouraging workers to go there.
However, that did not stop Westlite Dormitory from putting together something special for workers on Christmas day.
Its dormitory at Toh Guan Road East has been organising Christmas parties for the past four years.
The Christmas party this year is co-organised by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The church provides other services like counselling for workers, and even though it has not seen any workers who needed counselling after the riot incident, it stands ready to counsel workers, if needed.
Westlite Dormitory has also seen an increase in the number of organisations wishing to collaborate on events for the workers.
Bakurdeen Majid, group dormitory manager at Westlite Dormitory, said: "Some organisations have emailed to us, and said that they would like to hold activities in the dormitory.
“(This is) like institutions conducting English classes… and Western Union has also approached us to hold roadshows to give free wallets to the workers, and at the same time register them to give them the new Western Union cards."
Paul Raj, a pastor at Seventh-Day Adventist Church, said: "We are trying to reach people, trying to help them understand that they should contribute significantly to the development and harmony of the nation Singapore.
“We are trying to put in their minds that they are very valuable in society, and at the same time improve the quality of their thinking, set their attitude right so that they can be good citizens and be useful to the community here."