Covid-19: Migrant Workers in Singapore and Humanitarian View
MA in Applied Linguistics, Ph.D in Education and Human Development, University of Colorado, USA
Received Date:May 11, 2020; Published Date: June 01, 2020
Singapore is one of the richest country in Asia with a GDP of S$88, 991 per capita Singstat . Despite being a meritocratic country, economically driven society, a great amount of investment is also put into her gaining recognition as a beautiful garden city, densely populated with an estimate of 5, 850, 342 Singaporeans permanent residents (PR) Worldometers . 97.05% of the locals are educated, marked as having received at least 10-years of compulsory bilingual education Lee . In addition to being a garden city, Singapore is also known for her high rise buildings (flats and offices) to hold her dense population. While well paid local Singaporeans, and foreign workers widely referred as expatriates, stand in the frontline of projects to ensure these high rise buildings are efficiently built to deliver the government’s promise of a place to live, work, and play for all Singaporeans, let us not forget that it was, is, and will continue to be the underpaid migrant workers, mostly from third world countries like India and Bangladesh who will continue to put in their sweat and tears into actually laying the bricks one at a time, rain or shine, sickness and in health so that Singaporeans and PRs can continue to enjoy the fruit of their laborious work of art, Singapore’s beautiful high-rise buildings, including the iconic Marina Bay Sands.