One apartment, 90 workers

One apartment, 90 workers


The private apartment in Balestier Road is just :1,300-square- foot :big – but it houses some 90 foreign workers.


:The 50-year old landlord reportedly charges occupants between $170 and $200 a month, and is believed to run similar lodgings in other parts of Singapore.


:When Channel NewsAsia visited the premises with a representative from the National Safety Council, conditions were found to be extremely cramped. Some 30 stuffy, narrow cubicles of various sizes were created using wooden partitions. Power sockets in the apartment were overloaded with up to four plugs each, and there were only two fire extinguishes available.


:Said council chairman Tan Jin Thong: :“If something were to happen, like a short circuit, having lots of clothes lying nearby will definitely cause a fire.” :Underscoring the hazard, the CNA news team observed a blackout while there.


:Besides the obvious health hazards, the apartment owner could be prosecuted for breaching fire safety regulations. Apartment owners who ignore fire notices and orders can be fined. — Channel NewsAsia


Source: Today Newspaper


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