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Bangladeshi workers’ salaries continue to be paid in Singapore

Published : Thursday, 9 April, 2020 at 10:04 PM  Count : 326
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Migrant workers, mostly from Bangladesh, queue to collect free masks and have their temperatures taken in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

Migrant workers, mostly from Bangladesh, queue to collect free masks and have their temperatures taken in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

The Singapore government will continue the salaries and all other benefits to the Bangladeshi migrants although it stopped all development works under “Circuit Breaker Programme” to fight against the outbreak of Coronavirus in Singapore.

During a telephonic conversation with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Vivian Balakrishan, Foreign Minister of Singapore, give this assurance, Foreign Ministry’s press release said on Thursday.

Vivian ensured that the Bangladeshi migrant will get all health and welfare facilities in Singapore including food, healthcare, and other essential supplies.

Following the telephonic meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr MA Momen, the Singapore Foreign Minister in a Face book message said “Warm telephone conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Momen this afternoon, having last spoken with him back in February. We exchanged notes on our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, reaffirming the need to work together to overcome this common challenge.

Minister Momen expressed gratitude for our efforts to ensure the health and welfare of Bangaldeshi workers in Singapore, including providing food, healthcare, and other essential supplies, as well as ensuring that salaries continue to be paid.

I explained to Minister Momen some of the health precautions we have taken, given the cluster of cases at several dormitories here. These workers have made significant contributions to Singapore, and we have a responsibility to provide for their well-being.

We also agreed to work together to facilitate the repatriation of Bangladeshi nationals and workers who want to return home, and to bring Singaporeans back home from Bangladesh to be reunited with their families and loved ones.

Ahead of the Bengali New Year on 14 April, I wish Minister Momen and all Bangladeshi nationals in Singapore a Happy New Year as we weather this crisis together.”

According to the Foreign Ministry about about 244 Bangladeshi migrants were infected COVID 19 there.


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