Company hosts break fast meal for 240 migrant workers at Wisma Geylang Serai

Migrant workers broke fast together with Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef at Wisma Geylang Serai, on June 1, 2018.
Migrant workers broke fast together with Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef at Wisma Geylang Serai, on June 1, 2018.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - For Bangladeshi national Kadir Mohammed Abdul, working as a construction worker while fasting during the month of Ramadan can be challenging.

So it helps that he has employers who recognise his and his fellow workers' efforts.

On Friday (June 1), the management of Lendlease Retail Pte Ltd, as it has done for the past three years, organised an iftar, or break fast, session.

About 240 migrant workers broke fast together with Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, held at Wisma Geylang Serai for the first time.

Previously, it was held at Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) project site office.

Mr Kadir, 33, who led the evening prayers this year, was heartened that the company has been organising this annual event.

"I was very lucky to lead the prayers this year. I am very happy that the company takes time out to care for us.

"We were allowed to leave work at 4pm today, instead of 7pm, so that we can prepare for this event," said Mr Kadir.

Lendlease also lets its Muslim workers opt for evening or night shifts instead of working during the day.

They are also provided special stickers for their hard hats so that other colleagues are more conscious of their safety while on site.

The company had hosted a month-long social media campaign collecting on Instagram and Facebook Singaporeans' words of appreciation for foreign workers . These quotes were shown to the workers at the event.

"We hope that the campaign has helped raise awareness of the sacrifice of migrant workers," said Mr Richard Paine, managing director, Paya Lebar Quarter by Lendlease.

"Our continued progress is only possible with everyone's hard work and dedication, and we hope to be able to celebrate this month together as a family here."

For the iftar, the workers were served a chicken briyani meal by Assoc Prof Fatimah and four Lendlease executives.

Assoc Prof Fatimah said:"It is wonderful to know that Lendlease has put in a lot of effort in looking after our Muslim workers here during the month of Ramadan.

"We want you to celebrate with us because you have a home in Singapore as well."