More than just a place to sleep
Joseph Wong | 12 Apr 2019 00:30
We have all seen them, splashed across the headlines, news and photos of workers living in unimaginable conditions in make-do shacks that would house dozens of people.
This is especially so for many foreign workers who find themselves living in places that could easily mimic slavery camps without even the most basic of amenities like toilets or bathrooms.
Many are cramped into tiny hovels with hundreds sharing a handful of toilets and having to bathe in open baths regardless of their gender.
But in 2017, there was a change to push for better workers’ accommodation, beginning with the government’s proposal to amend Act 446 of the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990, that only covers mining and plantation workers.
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