Foreign Workers Make The News Again... So What?

Ms Justina Tan heard the sound of a horn followed by a deafening crash from her HDB flat in Ang Mo Kio last Saturday night, and rushed out to the corridor to see two people lying on the road after an accident.
 
There was a lot happening on the scene. A woman jogger was rendering assistance and aid to the accident victims, and a few passers-by were calling for an ambulance. 
 
What really stood out to her was the sight of foreign workers from a nearby construction sight coming over on their own initiative to assist with directing traffic. The workers had taken it upon themselves to set up traffic cones along a stretch of the road. They also used light sticks and a stop/go sign to alert motorists and help ease the flow of traffic.
 
Police said they received alerts about an accident which involved a car and a motorcycle in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 at about 11pm on Saturday. The motorcyclist, a 30-year-old man, and his 25-year-old pill rider were conscious as they were being taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Investigations are still ongoing.

Ms Tan praised the foreign workers for their kind act on Facebook. Her post was shared widely online, with other social media users also touched by the events.

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It is a known fact that here in Singapore, we are quick to praise people who have done something good and get publicised on social media. 

But other than that, we still hold on strongly to our judgemental perceptions and stereotypes when dealing with unfamiliar people and situations. 

How many times have we seen people hold their noses and walk in the opposite direction after seeing a foreign worker on public transport?

How many times would people have given unfriendly glares to foreign workers simply for being in the vicinity?

Simply praising them when they do something good, is it enough? 

What's more important for us as Singaporeans, is to realise that foreign workers are just people like all of us. People with emotions, families, like, dislikes, and everything else. We should stop ostracising foreign workers, and treat them like one of us. After all, it's the least we can do to help them when they have left their families behind overseas just to work hard for long hours to support them. 

Want to do more than that? Why not listen to the stories they have to tell? Maybe then you'll be convinced that they're really just like us.

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I happen to chance across this video online a few weeks ago, by the Ministry of Funny, where Haresh spends time with two foreign workers on Labour Day, and just chats with them and spends time with them. You might find it interesting: 
 

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