Panel wants to speed up building of more dorms

Panel wants to speed up building of more dorms

An inter-ministerial committee looking at foreign worker issues and headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam wants to speed up building more dormitories for them.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told reporters in Tokyo on Saturday that over the last few months, one area the committee focused on was how to provide more dorms so that workers now housed in Housing Board estates or rented private properties can move to proper dorms.

"Then I think they can be better taken care of and there is less impact on the community," he said.

The committee has identified areas where more dorms can be built and "we expect to build a substantial number over the next two, three years, so the problem will be managed".

He said that while Singapore was tightening the inflow of foreign workers, it had to manage those who are here and make sure there are enough dorms for them and enough transportation to ferry them to and from work or on weekends.

The committee has been looking at all these issues.

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