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Migrant Workers' Centre lauds Manpower Minister's response to COI

The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) commended Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin's commitment to moving towards a skilled migrant workforce.

SINGAPORE: The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) said it is encouraged by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin's response to the Little India riot Committee of Inquiry report, delivered in Parliament earlier this week.

It commended his commitment to moving towards a skilled migrant workforce, as well as to improving the housing options and living conditions for migrant workers in Singapore.

"Despite the findings that the riot was not caused by underlying unhappiness among the migrant workers, we are heartened that Minister Tan has promised to continue enforcement efforts to punish errant employers and agents who abuse their migrant workers," Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, Chairman of the MWC said in a statement on Wednesday (July 9).

The advocacy group is urging the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to take concrete steps toward making higher skills a condition for migrant workers' work-pass renewal. It said this could mean "no more debt burden for these workers, because of the premium they command".

It is also pushing for MOM to make electronic payment of salary for migrant workers compulsory, and said it looks forward to partnering the ministry to make these ideas a reality.

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