A migrant worker is said to have slit his throat on Sunday morning in a dormitory in Sungei Kadut. The 36-year-old was seen lying bloodied on a staircase leading to the dormitory.
A police spokesperson said he was alerted to the incident at Block 53 Sungei Kadut Loop around 7:30 a.m. and apprehended the man under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said he was aware of the incident and the man was quickly taken care of.
He said: “The operator of the dormitory and the Fast Team (Forward Assurance and Support Team) on site responded quickly and treated his injuries. He is now in a safe and stable condition.”
Further checks by MOM revealed that he had no salary arrears and there was no indication that he was in distress prior to the incident.
His food and accommodation were also provided.
STANDING ON THE WINDOW EDGE
Last Friday, another worker was also apprehended by police under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act after he was seen standing on a window sill in the Leo dormitory in Kaki Bukit.
In a video uploaded to citizen journalist Stomp’s website, the 27-year-old is seen standing on the ledge as others in the dormitory scream and try to pull him inside.
The MOM spokesperson said he was also aware of the incident at 25 Kaki Bukit Road 3 just after midnight.
He said the dormitory operator and the rapid on-site crew managed to calm the worker down and bring him back to safety, and the man was now in a safe and stable condition.
The latest incidents come after a string of cases on July 24, when police responded to three incidents involving migrant workers in dormitories within four hours.
A 37-year-old worker was found dead at 512 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, and the case was classified as an unnatural death with no suspected foul play.
Hours later, 19 and 40-year-olds were apprehended in separate incidents under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act at 506 Old Choa Chu Kang Road and 29 Senoko South Road.
MOM urged workers to contact if they need help.
“MOM advises all workers not to put themselves in danger if they run into problems,” the spokesperson said.
“If they act recklessly, it will be more difficult for MOM to be able to help them or help them solve their problems sooner.”
Migrant Workers Center: 6536-2692
Health Service : 3138-4443
Singapore Samaritans: 1800-221-4444
Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
Mobile Crisis Service of the Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222
Care Corner Consultation Center (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
Silver ribbon: 6386-1928
Ringing Friend: 1800-274-4788