The Group diversified into the Workers Accommodation Business in 2011 after their successful reverse acquisition exercise and is now one of the largest providers of workers accommodation in Singapore and Malaysia.
The Group’s Workers Accommodation Business in Singapore is presently managed under the WESTLITE brand which is one of the largest providers of workers accommodation in Singapore. The Group currently operates five workers accommodation in Singapore, namely, Westlite Toh Guan, Westlite Tuas, Westlite Mandai, Westlite Woodlands and Westlite Papan. Both Westlite Toh Guan, Westlite Tuas and Westlite Woodlands are 100% owned while Westlite Mandai and Westlite Papan (both joint ventures with Lian Beng Group) are 45% and 51% owned respectively. The current five accommodations operate at high occupancy with a total capacity of c.34,700 beds.
The Group’s Workers Accommodation Business in Malaysia is one of the largest providers of purpose-built workers accommodation in Malaysia.
As one of the pioneers in purpose-built workers accommodation in Malaysia, the Group’s workers accommodation and services are gaining recognition and acceptance by MNCs, local companies and their workers.
The Group has a current bed capacity of c.25,700 beds in Malaysia with c.11,100 beds in the pipeline, catering primarily to the manufacturing sector. The Group currently has seven operating accommodations, i.e. Westlite Tebrau, Westlite Johor Technology Park, Westlite Desa Cemerlang, Westlite Pasir Gudang, Westlite Senai, Westlite Tampoi and Westlite Senai II, and two accommodations under development/planning, i.e. Westlite Bukit Minyak and Westlite Juru.
The Group has been making good progress in building its customer base in Malaysia and attracting the manufacturers to house their workers in its workers accommodation portfolio. Amongst its existing customers are reputable multinational electronic contract manufacturers and manufacturing companies who care for their workers’ well-being by putting them in proper accommodation. As part of their manufacturing requirement to meet the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition standards, certain companies would prefer to house their workers in proper accommodation. The Group has managed to achieve high occupancy rate for its Malaysia portfolio.