A vigilant resident wrote to a local paper in Singapore criticizing the “bad” influence created by migrant and foreign domestic workers who play cards and gamble in public on Sundays.

The 55-year-old man told Shin Min Daily News one would often see over 100 foreign domestic workers gather outside the Nicoll Highway MRT Station, and the nearby park on Republic Avenue.

Picnicking and chatting was perfectly acceptable, the resident said, except over the past six months there had been an increasing number of workers playing cards and betting money in the open air, usually from 1pm until sunset.

Groups of five or six women sat in circles, with banknotes of S$10 or S$50 in the center.

The man said it was a vicious circle in which foreign workers got addicted to gambling and they might start borrowing secretly from loan sharks, creating further social problems.

Reporters visited the park on Sunday (November 4) and found more than 40 foreign men and women allegedly gambling on the lawn.

If the report is valid, the participants could have violated the Common Gambling House Act. And any offenders convicted of gaming in public could be jailed for up to six months or fined up to S$5,000, or both.