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Isolated in dorms, migrant workers seek to keep themselves occupied as they ponder their future

Today, Singapore, 17 May 2020 - Mr Jayasankar Vinothkumar is an electrician by trade but these days, he has been spending his time watching YouTube and learning how to fix serial light sets — a regular fixture at Indian weddings.

 

It is part of his plan to set up his own lighting rental company in his hometown of Nagapattinam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to TODAY last week, Mr Vinothkumar, 35, who stays in Hong Aik dormitory along Kian Teck Avenue, said that he is worried that he would be jobless once the circuit breaker lifts.
“We are a small company, and I’ve heard rumours from my colleagues that the foreign worker levy is getting too high for my employer to pay and some of us may be sent back home,” said Mr Vinothkumar, who has worked in Singapore since 2012.

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Source: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-dorms-kill-time-upgrading-skills-playing-games-some-ponder-future-beyond-singapore

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