Singapore makes clear well-being of foreign workers ensured

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SINGAPORE: Singapore Ministry of Manpower has made clear that employment agencies in this country have to ensure the well-being of foreign domestic workers in their care, Channel NewsAsia reported on Wednesday

Channel NewsAsia said the ministry had sent it a statement stressing that inappropriate display of foreign domestic workers at employment agencies in Singapore, or advertising them as being “available for hire at cheap or discounted prices” are ” unacceptable” practices.

The ministry is in response to an earlier report by Al Jazeera, which alleged that Filipino maids “are put on display and made available for ‘purchase’ in central shopping malls” in Singapore.

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Monday that he was “deeply concerned” and the Philippine government would launch an investigation over the issue.


But there are also skepticism toward the Al Jazeera’s report.

The ministry stated that its rules are clear employment agencies have to ensure the well-being of foreign domestic workers in their care.

There have been hot discussions recently in Singapore over the right of foreign workers after the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Little India riot published their report, calling for improvements in the welfare and protection of foreign workers.

Despite the conclusion that last year’s riot in the “Little India” region was “not caused by dissatisfaction with work and living conditions,” COI gave a series of suggestions such as more services and amenities for migrant workers beyond congregation areas. PNA

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