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Local Dormitory Operators Pledge Further Support for Muslim Migrant Workers during Ramadan

  1. Local dormitory operators under the Dormitory Association of Singapore Ltd have pledged to work closely with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Government to support Muslim migrant workers in their religious needs and to provide the necessary assistance for them to perform their religious obligations this upcoming Ramadan.

  2. Muslim migrant workers may perform prayers on their own or with those in the room but at a safe distance. Individual dormitory operators may also be providing new prayer mats and essentials for breaking fast such as dates to their Muslim residents.

  3. Minister of State (MOS) for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for Manpower and Mayor of South West CDC Low Yen Ling attended the first distribution of the first Ramadan meal to Muslim migrant workers at one of the gazetted dormitories at PPT Lodge 1A, on Friday, 24 April 2020, at 3.00am. Imam Ustaz Khidir, who engages migrant workers who worship at Islah Mosque, was also present at the event.

  4. “This COVID-19 situation requires all hands to be on the ground, and the dormitory operators coming forward to do their bit for the Muslim migrant workers to mitigate these difficult circumstances is appreciated. We look forward to their continued support as we continue to prioritise the welfare of our migrant workers,” said MOS (Manpower) Zaqy.

  5. SPS (Manpower) Low said, “During this special time of Ramadan, we appreciate the efforts and understanding of our migrant workers, especially those who are Muslim. It has not been easy, and they have made sacrifices to keep to the Covid-19 measures. To help our migrant workers get through this crisis, numerous community partners, organisations, corporates and individuals have stepped forward to give generously of their time, efforts and resources. We see SGUnited in action – be it online or offline, from homes and businesses, to everyone working in the dorms, hospitals and community facilities.”

  6. Mr Kelvin Low, General Manager for Tee Up Dormitory Pte Ltd which runs PPT Lodge 1A, and current Secretary-General for Dormitory Association of Singapore Limited, reiterated the dormitory operators’ pledge to resolve the situation. He said, “Every dormitory operator is committed to keeping each of our residents safe and well. We are working closely and tirelessly with the government, employers of foreign workers and all our residents to ensure the welfare of migrant workers. We are determined to win this war against the coronavirus, no matter how long it may take.”

  7. Understanding the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government will continue to work with dormitory operators to assure migrant workers as they make adjustments to the way Ramadan is observed.