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Details of regulatory framework for large dorms to be announced in a few months' time

The Straits Times | Friday, Apr 18, 2014

SINGAPORE - Large dormitories in Singapore will come under a regulatory framework, and more details will be announced "in a few months' time", the Ministry of Manpower said on Friday.


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Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin was speaking on the sidelines of the opening of a new, large, foreign worker dormitory in Mandai.

"Last month, I mentioned that we will be developing a regulatory framework for larger dormitories, as part of our ongoing efforts to better manage and look after our foreign workers who are here in Singapore.

"Just yesterday, we had a discussion with some key industry players, such as members of the Dormitory Association of Singapore Limited, the Singapore Contractors Association Limited, and PSA. We had a useful dialogue and will take forth the feedback gathered on board as we develop the regulatory framework in the coming months," he said in his opening remarks at the official opening of Westlite Mandai Dormitory.

The dormitory is a joint development between Lian Beng Group and Centurion Corporation.

"We appreciate the foreign workers' contribution to Singapore's continuing growth and development," said Mr Tan.

"It is only right that they are properly taken care of in the course of their employment here, not just in terms of the physical infrastructure, but the way in which the physical infrastructure and services are provided for the workers."

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