Migrant Workers' Centre launches mobile office for workers living in remote areas

SINGAPORE - Migrant workers staying in remote industrial and housing areas will now have better access to the services offered by the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC).

The centre has launched a mobile office that will travel to areas such as Tuas, Sungei Kadut and Kranji to engage workers and help address some of their concerns including employment rights.

It marks a move towards reaching out to workers housed in illegal and makeshift dormitories that are not so well-run.

The centre has previously concentrated most of its efforts on purpose-built centres and dormitories which tend to have been developed by good employers.

Called Forward Response, Engagement and Intel Deployment Asset (Freida), the multi-purpose mobile will enhance the centre's "surveillance capabilities" and allow early detection and intervention of unfair treatment faced by migrant workers. It will travel around Singapore every day.

The centre's chairman Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, who is an MP for Ang Mo Kio GR said: "The mobile facility will allow us to go almost anywhere we are needed and offer timely assistance up on reaching the migrant workers in distress."

The mobile unit which is retrofitted with office furnishings such as tables and chairs, is also equipped with a projector where videos educating workers on their rights and entitlements will be screened.

Mr Yeo added: "With Freida, we will be able to set up a temporary presence at the workers' doorstep, where they can come to us voluntarily with their side of the story without fear or apprehension.

"We believe most workers know who we are, what we do - and more importantly, identify the MWC as the NGO that genuinely care for and want to help them."