Look into foreign workers' food woes

Look into foreign workers' food woes
Groups of foreign workers seen having their lunch next to a street lamp along a back lane at Norris Road.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

I was moved by the in-depth report about foreign construction workers' food safety and nutrition ("Help foreign workers eat right"; last Thursday).

While we recognise the efforts of the leaders of our nation and the policies they have put in place to further our economy, we must not forget that our infrastructure is, literally speaking, built on the sweat and labour of these foreign construction workers.

However, we so often overlook their welfare and living conditions.

For a country that has been lauded as corruption-free, we must ensure that there is zero tolerance for the exploitation of foreign construction workers by middlemen.

I appeal to their employers, the developers, contractors and government agencies to look into this issue.

While we enjoy our freshly cooked meals, we should remember the thousands of foreign construction workers who are served stale plain rice topped with curry that might have gone bad.

Jacintha Ng (Miss)

This article was first published on July 30, 2015.
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