SINGAPORE — The two-year-old Penjuru Recreation Centre has been upgraded so workers living in nearby dormitories can enjoy more amenities — a new multi-purpose hall, supermarket, canteen and remittance service outlet.
Come next month, workers will also be able to carry out simple banking transactions at newly-installed automated teller machines.
Ms Foo Mee Har, Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, who was guest of honour at the launch of the additional facilities yesterday, said the recreation centre aims to give the 20,000-odd foreign workers residing in the three dormitories nearby their own space to relax.
Opened in December 2012, the recreation centre in Jurong East has grocery, barber and telecom shops, as well as a basketball court and cricket field. The Migrant Workers’ Centre also organises regular activities — movie screenings, sports tournaments and entertainment events. On average, about 10,000 workers visit the recreation centre on weekends.
Much attention has been paid to improving recreation facilities for workers, following the Little India riot last December. In response to the Committee of Inquiry’s report on the riot, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in July that improving these facilities was part of the Government’s two-pronged approach to managing foreign labour. Such facilities would reduce the need for workers to travel to hot spots such as Little India for basic services.
Workers told TODAY they were happy to see a remittance service outlet opening near their dormitories. Mr Shek Suzon, 29, who hails from Bangladesh, said: “Everything is here. It’s very convenient and fast. It’s easier for me to send money back home.”
The storekeeper visits the recreation centre with his friends twice or thrice a week and since its opening, he has reduced his visits to Little India from several times a month to about once a month because “there’s no need to go so far to buy things”.
The 28,800sqm compound is one of four such facilities in Singapore. Four more centres are set to open by the end of next year.
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