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Hong Kong's Apple Daily report on 'prison-like' dorm here untrue, COI told

Published on Mar 19, 2014 12:30 PM
Foreign workers in their dormitory at Terusan Lodge dormitory at Jalan Papan in December 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG 

A Hong Kong tabloid report that described the Jurong Penjuru Dormitory as prison-like is "a blatant lie", said the residence's security manager who appeared on Wednesday before the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Dec 8 riot.

Mr Saffarullah Abdullah of Mini Environment Services disputed the January report by Hong Kong's Apple Daily, saying it was untrue that barbed wire was used anywhere in or around the dormitory.

The article written by a female journalist had also stated that foreign workers here were squeezed into cramped and dirty dormitories, and lived under oppressive conditions, including having their movements monitored by CCTV cameras.

"We have no barbed wire anywhere at our dorm, and the cameras face the perimeter... (the reporter) is totally wrong," said Mr Saffarullah, adding that visitors were free to come and go at any hour of the day.

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