Affected workers of the Jurong oil rig mishap which occurred recently received handsets and prepaid calling cards at SembcorpMarine. Representatives of Sembcorp Marine, the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), the Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union and StarHub were present at the distribution which saw some 30 workers receiving their handsets along with prepaid calling cards containing a value of $138 from representatives of StarHub and MWC. The remaining 59 workers, who were not present at the gathering, will receive their items at a later date.
Executive director of MWC Edmund Ng explained the significance of the handsets to these workers. “Migrant workers have travelled far to provide for their families back home. This unfortunate incident has caused workers to lose their phones resulting in them being unable to update their families on their health and progress. It is not just a phone that you are giving these workers, you are gifting them with contact with their families. It was a kind gesture which we are sure has made these workers happy.”