Repost: Migrant workers turn to online singing contest to beat lockdown blues

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[TODAY] Migrant workers turn to online singing contest to beat lockdown blues

Published: September 2020

“Some people want to return home but cannot. So everybody is feeling disappointed. This competition is a way for them to spend time on something else and take off the stress,” [Mr Billal] said.

Mr Billal Khan, a Bangladeshi site supervisor who volunteers actively with several migrant worker groups in Singapore, organized an online singing competition to occupy migrant workers under quarantine in their dormitories. A total of 184 migrant workers registered for the competition; many sang songs about separation, which reflected their feelings of being away from their loved ones.

Mr Pabitra, who stays in Westlite Mandai dormitory in Mandai estate, said that he wanted to sing a Bangladeshi folk song that would relate to workers stuck in dormitories.
“Most people have this experience. We all go through heart pain. All of us are living alone, and the men miss their wives and girlfriends,” said Mr Pabitra, adding that he too misses his wife.
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