SINGAPORE – Migrant workers who gather in large numbers in public may have their work passes revoked if they do not disperse when ordered to by the authorities.

In a statement on Wednesday (March 25), the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said it would step up inspections on the ground to disperse large gatherings by foreign workers, in particular foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

“As outdoor gatherings among FDWs tend to be large, MOM will take action to disperse them as an added precaution… Workers who do not cooperate will have their work passes revoked,” said the statement.

The MOM singled out places frequented by migrant workers, including City Plaza in Paya Lebar, where Indonesian maids, among others, are seen, and Lucky Plaza in Orchard Road, a popular gathering place for Filipino domestic workers on their days off.

It also highlighted Little India, where workers from the South Asian community frequent, and Peninsula Plaza in North Bridge Road, also known as “Little Burma” for its patronage by the Myanmar community.