Opening Ceremonies/VIP Visits

ASPRI-Westlite Dormitory – Papan, Singapore’s first PCM foreign worker accommodation with integrated training centre officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Shanmugaratnam on 5 January 2018

Association of Process Industry (“ASPRI”) in partnership with Centurion Corporation Limited (“Centurion”) and Lian Beng Group Ltd (“Lian Beng”) today celebrates the Official Opening of ASPRI-Westlite Dormitory – Papan. 

Located at Jalan Papan, it is Singapore’s first integrated and purpose-built workers accommodation advocating a “Live, Learn and Play” environment encompassing a 7,900- bed facility that features ASPRI’s Integrated Training Centre (“AITC”) for workers in the Process Construction and Maintenance (“PCM”) industry. 

The workers accommodation, which was soft-launched in May 2016, achieved almost full occupancy in less than one year and plays a vital role in increasing productivity and upskilling the workers of the PCM industry. Located in close proximity to Jurong Island, home to more than 100 global energy and chemical companies, the workers accommodation helps reduce workers’ travelling time and fatigue. 

AITC, operated by ASPRI-Institute of Process Industry (“ASPRI-IPI”) brings training to the residents’ doorsteps. Residents are now empowered through 90% subsidised courses to upgrade themselves with ASPRI-IPI’s comprehensive range of training courses encompassing IT & Literacy, Workplace Safety and Health, Teamwork, Quality & Productivity and Technical skill trainings. Moving ahead, ASPRI-IPI is working closely with Institutes of Higher Learning (“IHL”) such as Singapore Polytechnic (“SP”), to become a SMART training centre through integrating digital technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to enrich learning and improve training outcomes. 

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Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, officiated the ceremony which was attended by about 300 guests.

In acknowledging the numerous benefits that the accommodation is bringing to Singapore, Mr. Shanmugaratnam, remarked “I congratulate the partners in taking this bold, unprecedented move to work together to build Singapore’s first dedicated workers accommodation for the PCM sector. I am deeply encouraged by ASPRI-Westlite’s efforts to create world class living conditions through a conducive “Live, Learn, Play” environment for their residents. This workers accommodation is a testament of how a strong trade association like ASPRI can galvanise industry stakeholders including commercial partners like Centurion Corporation and Lian Beng Group to secure a future for their members and industry.”

Mr. Charles Quek, President of ASPRI, said “We are happy and proud that today we have achieved our dream of having a dedicated workers accommodation for the Process Industry. The accommodation which features an ASPRI Integrated Training Centre (“AITC”) contributes to a safer and more productive Process workforce by delivering quality trainings to improve their livelihoods. AITC aims to deliver over 400,000 quality training hours annually and features a SMART training centre that promotes digitalisation through technology”.

Mr. Tony Bin, Executive Director of Accommodation at Centurion Corporation, said said “ASPRI-Westlite workers accommodation goes beyond just providing a place for habitation – it is about building a community to inspire the foreign workforce. As our fourth workers accommodation asset in Singapore, we are delighted to be playing a part in the country’s economic growth and development and in welcoming Mr. Shanmugaratnam in marking this occasion.”

Mr. Ong Pang Aik (王邦益), Lian Beng’s Executive Chairman, commented, “We are pleased that Lian Beng’s second workers accommodation development mirrors the success of our first. The high occupancy of our two workers accommodation now brings a stable recurring income for us. We thank our partners ASPRI and Centurion in making this joint project meaningful and fruitful.”

 

Bangladesh High Commission and Westlite Tuas Celebrate International Migrants Day

On 20 December 2015, Westlite Tuas celebrated International Migrants Day with its residents. The celebrations were graced by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore, His Excellency Mahabub Uz Zaman. The High Commissioner was also brought on a tour of the dormitory and interacted with some of the residents. 

To kick start the celebrations, the High Commissioner delivered a speech to thank the residents for their contributions and hard work put into helping to build Singapore. The High Commissioner also extended his appreciation to Westlite Tuas for providing the residents with quality and comfortable accommodation within a safe and active community. 

The residents and guests were then treated to a series of dance and song performances specially catered to the Bangladeshi audience. As the night progressed, more residents joined in the festivities, with over 3,500 residents gathering to watch the performances put together for them. 

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As the evening drew to a close, the High Commissioner and guests enjoyed a dinner reception where they met with the management team of Westlite Tuas to learn more about the operations. The High Commissioner also distributed goody bags to all the residents as a token of appreciation. 

The support by the High Commission for Bangladesh made for a very successful International Migrants Day celebrations this year. The celebrations represent not only the gratitude of Westlite Tuas to its residents, but also the strong cooperation between the dormitory and the High Commission for Bangladesh. This partnership plays an important role in ensuring the well-being of Bangladeshi residents and Westlite hopes to continue to grow this friendship in the years to come.

Official Opening of Westlite Mandai dormitory, on 18 April 2014
Key Extracts from Opening remarks by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower

"Dormitories like Westlite Mandai play an important role for foreign workers here. Developments such as this complement the Singapore government’s efforts to ensure that the well-being of foreign workers is taken care of, and enable employers to fulfil their obligation to provide appropriate accommodation to these workers. We appreciate the foreign workers’ contribution to Singapore’s continuing growth and development. It is only right that they are properly taken care of in the course of their employment here."



"In particular, by having facilities that cater not only to workers’ basic living requirements, but also their social and recreational needs, dormitory developers and operators such as LianBeng and Centurion demonstrate that they shoulder a higher social mission."

"Thus, as we provide foreign workers with basic accommodation, we must not neglect their social and recreational needs. Westlite has done well in this respect – the dormitory features good recreational facilities like a gym, games room and sports courts. And Westlite also organises social activities and events for residents on an on-going basis. I would encourage other dormitories, especially the larger, purpose-built ones, to also look into how they too can fulfil the needs of their foreign worker residents."