A programme to promote crime prevention, and improve safety and security among foreign workers staying at Kranji Lodge One Dormitory was launched by Jurong Police Division on Saturday.
Called the Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP), it is supported by the dorm operators, employers of the foreign workers, as well as the Manpower Ministry, National Environment Agency, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Customs
Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Manpower and Education, was the guest of honour at the event held at 12 Kranji Road this morning, where prizes were given out to foreign workers whose rooms were the three cleanest and safest.
Besides judging the rooms on their level of cleanliness, the workers were also assessed on how they secured their lockers, room doors and personal valuables. The event also saw 30 foreign workers being appointed as ambassadors, who serve as informal leaders to spread messages about crime prevention to their fellow workers.
The ambassadors went through a half-day training programme by the Police who taught them crime prevention measures like how to look out for suspicious characters.
One of them, Mr Bulu Abdul Mannanm from Bangladesh, said he felt proud and excited to be one of the leaders, as he can help to look out for his fellow workers and inform security officers when he sees something suspicious.
"During our monthly joint roadshow with the Police, I can be at their exhibition booth to help to spread crime prevention messages to my fellow workers in our native language," he said. These include reminders to deposit large amounts of money into bank accounts, and locking valuables in lockers.
The foreign workers were also given lanyards and waist pouches to hold their locker and room keys, and wallets and mobile phones.
Commander of Jurong Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Wilson Lim said: "Through these initiatives, Police hope to encourage our foreign workers to adopt good crime prevention habits, and embrace the safety and security of their dormitory rooms as a way of life in their stay at Kranji Lodge One dormitory."