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Seeing Singapore through the eyes of migrant workers

13 S'poreans join 18 migrant workers on a trip to explore 'parallel paths'

Published on Mar 7, 2014 8:16 AM
Sisters Aishah (right) and Wajihah Hamid interacting with migrant participants during a trip to East Coast Park. At each stop in their outings, the group took photos based on three themes - buildings and colours, people and relationships, and what they loved about Singapore. The pictures will be exhibited at Artspace222 in Queen Street. -- PHOTO: BERNICE WONG

Since arriving here nearly three years ago, Bangladeshi worker Hossain Imran wanted to know: "Why do Singaporeans need to send their boys to the army?"

He also wanted to find out whether locals thought workers such as himself were "good or no good".

The 23-year-old finally got his answers on Feb 16, a Sunday, when he joined a group of 31 migrant workers and Singaporeans for a photography trip to Little India, Chinatown and East Coast Park. "I like Singapore better now," he said after his first chance to talk to locals socially.

The full-day outing was part of a project by charity workers Zoe Tan, 23, and Jade Lee, 25, and sisters Aishah Hamid, 33, and Wajihah, 30.

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