TWC2 voices concern over migrant workers’ transportation struggles at Changi Coastal Dormitory

TWC2 recently brought attention to the challenges faced by migrant workers residing at Changi Coastal Dormitory, situated along Tanah Merah Coast Road, in their quest to access public transport.

They depend on infrequent S$1 shuttle services for a 5km journey to the nearest public transport, some enduring wait times of up to two hours, leaving them with a 5km walk as the only alternative.

When queried, the dormitory operator dismissed these complaints from the migrant workers, drawing a comparison between Sunday queues and peak commuting hours for Singaporeans, while implying that these concerns represent the dissatisfaction of a minority.

According to Hua Tiong Global Limited’s 2022 annual report, their wholly-owned subsidiary, Changi East Dorm Dwall Pte Ltd, which operates the dormitory, significantly contributed to Hua Tiong’s gross profit of S$13.6 million (US$9.93 million) in 2022.

Tommy Koh exposes financial motive behind business groups’ opposition to ban on migrant workers transport via lorries

Tommy Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large, aptly exposes the financial motives behind business groups opposing the ban on transporting migrant workers via lorries.

He rebukes the business group’s fear tactics and urges equity in treating foreign workers with the same safety standards as locals.

Prof Koh’s statement has garnered praise from fellow netizens, with many commending his vocal stance on the matter.

Netizens disappointed with business group’s rejection, citing safety concerns for ferrying migrant workers on lorries

A coalition of 25 business bodies cited “complexities” as a reason to reject the banning of transporting workers on lorries.

Some netizens express disappointment with business groups, while others argue the issue lies with road users’ behavior. Advocates propose safer bus transport for migrant workers, citing lorry design limitations that increase accident risks.

Singapore civil society calls for immediate ban on ferrying migrant workers on lorries, citing safety concerns

A coalition of 57 local civil society organizations and community groups is urging the Singapore government to ban the use of lorries for transporting migrant workers.

The recent statement follows a tragic incident in July, highlighting the need for safer transport alternatives. Statistics reveal alarming risks, with 58 workers lost their lives in lorries’ accidents between 2011 and 2020.