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Tnis letter was sent to the Straits Times on May 19, 2009:
It was saddening to read your report of the accident in which four men were killed and six injured on Monday morning.
Accidents are bound to happen on the roads from time to time, despite all the efforts made to make Singapore’s roads safer. Would these men have lost their lives or suffered harm if they had been transported in a minibus or coach – preferably with seatbelts? TWC2 has long taken the view that workers transported in open backed lorries or trucks are exposed to greater risk than other travellers, as well as being exposed to rain, and we have urged that this should stop. It will cost companies more to transport workers in enclosed vehicles with proper seating, but it is the right thing to do, both from safety and respect for human dignity considerations.
Transient Workers Count Too
TWC2 is an organization that is dedicated to assisting low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. We are motivated by a sense of fairness and humanity, though our caseload often exceeds our