9 men assisting police probe into dorm fight; MOM monitoring situation

In videos shared on social media, migrant workers can be seen fighting one another at a stairwell in a dormitory. SCREENSHOT: TIKTOK

SINGAPORE - Nine men, aged between 24 and 54, are assisting the police in an investigation following a fight that took place at a dormitory in Tanah Merah Coast Road on Tuesday.

The police said on Thursday that they were alerted to a fight at about 10.40pm on Tuesday. When officers arrived at the scene, the fight had already stopped.

The police said officers established the identities of the parties believed to be involved in the fight through follow-up investigations and the aid of closed-circuit television images.

In videos shared across different online forums, several migrant workers are seen fighting one another at a stairwell in the dormitory compound.

Meanwhile, other workers start to gather at the badminton court and along the corridors facing the stairwell as some unidentified men, presumably staff, attempt to mediate between the two sides.

The police are investigating the incident.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it has deployed officers from its Forward Assurance and Support team to the dormitory to monitor the situation and provide support to other workers.

“The situation at the dormitory remains calm, and the workers involved have been segregated,” he said.

He added that none of the workers involved in the altercation sustained any serious injuries and that dormitory staff had dispersed the workers before the police arrived.

The spokesman said MOM had reminded all workers that they would face action under the law here if they were found to be involved in acts of violence.

They could also have their work passes revoked and be permanently barred from being employed in Singapore, he said.

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