Foreign workers to be grassroots leaders in dorms to help detect problems early

Foreign workers in all 38 purpose-built dormitories will be appointed as volunteer grassroots leaders who will suss out problems that their fellow workers are facing.

They will pass on this information to non-governmental organisation Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC), and its staff members will step in to provide help.

MWC's chairman Yeo Guat Kwang said on Monday night that getting up-to-date information from workers will help his staff intervene before problems escalate. The staff will also get more time to make arrangements to help the workers. For example, they can reserve bed spaces for them in dormitories if their companies are likely to go bust.

Mr Yeo, said at a press conference at foreign worker dormitory Soon Lee Lodge: "The earlier we are able to identify hot-spots, the better it is for everyone, especially the worker."

The group will pilot the drive named MWC Dormitory Buddies Network at Soon Lee Lodge in Jurong West where 10 grassroots leaders have been appointed.

By the end of the year, there will be six to 10 grassroots leaders in each of the 38 purpose-built dorms which house about 160,000 foreign workers.