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‘Potential for violence’ led to police deployment at Jalan Tukang dorm on Oct 13: MHA

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SINGAPORE: Police officers have been deployed to the Westlite Jalan Tukang migrant employee dormitory in October following data {that a} body of workers had been “behaving aggressively, with potential for violence”, stated Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan on Monday (Nov 1).

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Mr Tan was responding to a query by Member of Parliament He Ting Ru (WP-Sengkang) on whether or not the state of affairs at the dormitory on Oct 13 had warranted the deployment of police officers.

Workers had complained about breaches of COVID-19 well being protocols, an absence of entry to medical assist and poor high quality of catered meals at the dormitory in Jurong.

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Disgruntled staff had shared photographs of bugs and hair they discovered of their meals by means of a web based article on Weixin, the home model of WeChat utilized in China.

Some staff quoted within the article additionally stated they’d slept on the bottom outdoors their rooms to keep away from infecting these they shared a room with and had to wait a very long time earlier than receiving medical consideration.

The Ministry of Manpower stated later it had deployed “insufficient resources” for an “unexpected” enhance in COVID-19 circumstances at the dormitory in Jurong, leading to delays to the switch of these circumstances to care or restoration amenities.

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WHAT HAPPENED ON OCT 13

On the afternoon of Oct 13, there was a heavy safety presence at the dormitory, with Special Operations Command automobiles and a number of other different armoured police automobiles parked alongside the street outdoors.

Dozens of police officers have been in protecting gear, together with different officers in pink berets.

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The police responded to a name for help at the dormitory on Oct 13, stated Mr Tan, talking in Parliament on Monday. 

“The information received was that a group of workers were behaving aggressively, with potential for violence,” he added. 

Patrol officers from Jurong Police Division have been dispatched to the dormitory, the place MOM officers have been already partaking the employees, stated Mr Tan. 

“The officers from Jurong Police Division, together with the dormitory staff and officers from MOM, managed to resolve the situation,” stated the Home Affairs Minister of State. 

“While the Jurong Police Officers have been thus engaged, additionally they assessed that it was essential to produce other police items on standby if the state of affairs grew to become violent,” he added. 

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“And further items have been positioned on standby. However, these further items weren’t wanted to be deployed. 

“No arrests were made by the Police during the incident.” 



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