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New clubhouse for maids opens near Tanjong Pagar

Published on May 25, 2014 5:08 PM

Domestic workers now have a new clubhouse where they can spend their days off from work.

A 2,800 sqf space at 10 Raeburn Park, near the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, features karaoke facilities, a library and a computer lab. It was opened on Sunday afternoon by non-profit organisation, the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (Fast).

Fast said its aim is to provide workers with a space to unwind, mingle and pick up a hobby on their day off. By August, the club will also have remittance, postal and legal counselling services as part of its efforts to be a one-stop centre for maids. Membership fees cost $4 a year.

Indonesian Ms Rini Kurniawati, 28, who has worked in Singapore for eight years, said she usually spends her Sundays shopping and eating at Orchard with her friends. "Now, there's a nice comfortable place for us to spend our free time at," she said. So far, about 600 maids have signed up to become members.

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