What a contrast to Australia’s treatment of foreign workers.
“We are paying close attention to the welfare of the foreign workers. They came to Singapore to work hard for their living and provide for their families back home. They’ve played an important part building our HDB flats, Changi Airport, MRT lines. We’ve worked with employers to make sure they’ll be paid their salaries and can remit money home. We will provide them with the medical care and treatment that they need. If any of their family members watch my video, let me say this to them:
‘We appreciate the work and contributions of your sons, fathers, husbands in Singapore. We feel responsible for their wellbeing. We will do our best to take care of their health, livelihood and welfare here. And to let them go home safe and sound to you. On behalf of all Singaporeans, I wish you well.’ ”
The above is a transcript of a message by the Prime Minister of Singapore, published on YouTube on/around 11 April 2020. It is part of a longer message by the Prime Minister to Singaporeans. The full message (around 9 minutes) can be accessed here. A shorter clip of that message (relating to the foreign workers) can be accessed here (around 1 minute). There is also a Mandarin version of the Prime Minister’s message.