I think you miss my point entirely.Midgoo wrote: ↑Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:27 pmGoogle does not explain you many things in the rental market. I used to be a tenant for more than 10 years before I got my own HDB, so I have some experience. It's not very transparent but it is there. It is called 'racial profiling'. It is very hard for a worker from South Asia countries to go and find a rental place. Not to mention, imagine all the 300k workers in dorms now go out and rent HDB flat, the price will surely go up by a lot.lee_yl wrote: ↑Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:13 pmI just googled, so many common rooms pop out for rent at $500 / month (probably still can nego). Some are just a 5 mins walk from MRT. Common rooms‘ rental usually cheaper than renting a whole unit.
According to my hairdresser who co-shares a common room with her cousin, utilities bills aren’t that exp as most if the time they aren’t at home (work 6 days a week) and they don’t cook, of cos they don’t have aircon as well.
For those who think dormitories are good, ask yourself, if you have to spend $300/mth per pax, you prefer to rent a common room in HDB with a friend/cousin or sleep on a bunk bed with 20 strangers in a FW dormitory?
There are always a lot of ways save cost. However, the person must be knowledgeable enough (and sometimes lucky). We cannot expect those people coming from some poorer countries and probably less education to come to a totally new place and know how to live best there. If you go and ask parents in Singapore who sending their kids to overseas to study. You can see that most of them would rather spend more money for them to stay in hostel than let them find a place outside unless they know that place very well or have a property/relative there.
As for whether the current cost of the dorm should deserve better condition, I cannot comment cause I am not running the dorm. I hope MOM will look into that and make sure the workers are not abused/took advantage by the dorms or their employers.
I am not asking those FWs to look to rent a common room in HDB once they arrive in SG. In the first place, non-Malaysian FWs on work permit in certain sectors like construction, are not allowed to rent HDBs on their own.
I am just puzzled why the employer of a FW has to pay $250-$300 for a bunk in a dorm, whereas for the same amount, the living conditions could be much better staying outside the dorms
While it may be a deliberate policy by the government to wean industries off cheap foreign low-skill labour, the policy vacuum in terms of enforcement and oversight of these purpose-built dorms result in profit-mongering by dorm operators while sanitary conditions of the dorms were neglected which created the stage for the perfect storm during Covid-19. How much did our economy suffer as a result of a policy oversight?