The Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) issued a joint statement to build new improved dormitories for foreign workers on 1 June 2020.
By the end of the year, the government will be able to create additional space to accommodate around 60,000 workers and make new purpose-built dormitories (PBDs) available to accommodate up to 100,000 workers in the next year or two.
“We aim to have about 11 such new PBDs ready over the next one to two years. All these PBDs will have amenities like minimarts, barber services and indoor recreation facilities, as well as well-spaced out blocks to ensure good ventilation. Workers living in the PBDs will also have ready access to medical care and support,” said MND and MOM in a joint statement.
In addition to increasing capacity, the government is set to develop and improve the standards of these dormitories. The specifications will investigate the design, facilities, management, and regulation of these dormitories, and will factor in social interaction and disease response needs.
“We aim to make dormitory living and design more resilient to public health risks, including a pandemic, with improved living standards that are benchmarked both domestically and internationally,” the ministries said.
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Source: Ministry of National Development