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MOM's Statement on Death of Foreign Worker

  1. We are deeply saddened by the demise of a 46-year-old migrant worker from India who passed away at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on 23 April 2020 at 0715 hours. The Police is investigating the cause of death.
  2. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) expresses our heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family. The family members and employer of the deceased, as well as the Indian High Commission in Singapore, have been informed. 
  3. The deceased had worked in Singapore since September 2009. He had worked as a construction worker for the same employer since his arrival in Singapore. Background checks do not reveal any complaints against the employer.
  4. The worker lived in a factory-converted dormitory operated by the employer. It was last inspected on 12 April 2020. At the time, it housed 9 workers (including the deceased), less than the approved capacity for factory-converted dormitories. The dormitory was found to be in an acceptable condition, including cleanliness and ventilation.
  5. Earlier this afternoon, Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam and Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo met with the workers at their dormitory. The workers were sad but calm. They reported that they have been well taken care of by the employer. They also requested that the nephew of the deceased worker, who is employed by the same company, be allowed to pay his last respects. MOM is working with the Ministry of Health to facilitate the request.
  6. MOM is working with the Hindu Endowments Board to undertake the necessary funeral arrangements for the deceased worker. We are also working with the Migrant Workers’ Centre to provide support to the family of the deceased.