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An India-born 2005 Public Service Medal winner and Bishan/Toa Payoh grassroots leader CEO who own a dormitory operation company has been fined S$300,000 for inhumanely housing foreign workers in Singapore. In it’s press statement, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that foreign worker dormitory operator KT Mersdorm Pte Ltd was convicted in the State Courts for housing foreign workers in overcrowded accommodation at the Blue Stars Dormitory along Boon Lay Way.

You may view MOM’s press release here.

KT Mersdorm pleaded guilty to 30 charges and was fined only S$300,000 in court yesterday (May 31). The dormitory was meant to house only 4,500 occupants, but 5,098 beds were found with 5,042 foreign workers living in the dormitory. Media photos revealed that the kitchens were infested with cockroaches and the walkway heavily-littered.

Mohamed Abdul Jaleel is the Founder and CEO of The MES Group, which owns KT Mersdorm. He was lauded as a “home-grown self-made millionaire” who made it from rags to riches. The government-controlled media even called him “a true champion in every sense and an inspiration to many in Singapore”.

You may read more of his history here.