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Published on Monday, 05 May 2014 18:38

SINGAPORE: Singapore plans to build more recreation centres in the suburbs to draw migrant labourers away from the city after a rare riot in the congested Little India district last year, a report said today.

The multi-million dollar centres are the latest in a series of government measures to better manage areas where foreign workers congregate after the rampage by South Asian labourers on December 8 injured 39 people and saw 25 vehicles destroyed.

The Straits Times newspaper said the four new centres will be built next to dormitories sited in industrial areas away from the city centre and will serve as alternative gathering points for workers on their rest days.

They will have a “combined size of more than nine soccer fields” and will house sporting facilities including cricket and soccer fields and basketball courts as well as supermarkets and Internet cafes, the newspaper said, citing planning documents it had seen.

There are currently four such centres in outlying industrial zones.

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GEORGE TOWN: A Penang lawmaker has called for stiffer penalties against property owners who cram as many foreign workers as they can into one residential unit.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey said the six months prison sentence and RM2,000 fine provided for overcrowding under the Local Government Act 1976 was insufficient.

She described the present penalty as a slap on the wrist and urged for higher penalties to be passed.

Yap said the Act considered a residential unit as overcrowded if there was less than 32 sq m of internal space for every adult in the unit.

She added overcrowding led to social and hygiene problems as those staying in cramped living quarters had less personal space and had to share only one or two toilets.

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Posted on April 30, 2014, Wednesday

KOTA KINABALU: Choosy graduates who refuse to settle for anything less than their dream jobs are the reason for the high unemployment rate in Sabah, according to Tourism Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Masidi, who is also the minister responsible for the state’s education portfolio, said Sabah has more than enough employment opportunities, as proven by over 300,000 foreign workers who have found jobs in various sectors in the state.

“This is not even including illegal foreign workers that are not registered, which together with those with papers amounted to about half a million individuals. Sadly, while foreigners are able to find jobs, many of our local youths are unemployed,” he said.

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JOHOR BARU: FOREIGN WORKERS, suspected to be  illegal immigrants,  have encroached on a plot of land next to a housing estate and making it their home, much to the ire of the local community.

The residents are concerned with their way of life which they said is unhygienic and may be a contributing factor to the rise of dengue cases in the housing estate.

According to a housewife, who only wanted to be known as Robiah, she said she noticed an influx of foreigners into the area after the plot of land was cleared of trees recently.

"Initially, we did not know that the foreigners were squatting on the plot of land, but once the trees were chopped down, only then did we realise that it has already turned into a village," she said.

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