"Associate Professor Kenneth Paul Tan, from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said he hopes the review on dormitories, when it comes, will take in diverse voices from civil society in policy discussions. 'And I hope, most of all, that we have deeper discussions with a view to minimising our dependency on low-waged migrant workers, investing in productivity-enhancing technology, redesigning essential jobs to overcome unnecessary stigma, and designing more generous
This panel discussion focused on harsh issues that migrant workers face in Singapore as well as the role of NGOs. These issues include systemic policy struggles such as high recruitment fees that keep workers in debt and limit their social mobility. Additionally, in light of the COVID-19 situation, there has been increasing attention on problems such as layoffs, salary issues and living conditions of the migrant workers. These problems are multi-faceted with no easy solution.