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APRIL 2005

THE NEW PAPER

"Our dorm feels like a cage/It's a hell hole"

Three hundred foreign workers refused to leave their dormitory in Tuas and go to work because they were fed up with the appalling living conditions there.

The Goldstrong Dormitory was eventually forced to close and the operator was fined $1,000.

Miss Sim: "The story led to the closure of an illegal dormitory. It also shed light on the state of foreign worker dormitories here and led to a Parliamentary debate."

SEPTEMBER 2006

THE STRAITS TIMES

"I feel like I'm entering heaven"

She had to endure altitude sickness and freezing nights for this story, riding for 48 hours and more than 4,000km on the Beijing-Lhasa Express.

The new train system, which cost US$4.2 billion (S$5.3 billion) to build, had attracted much controversy. Tibetan exile communities and their foreign supporters were worried that it would steamroll over Tibetans and cause "cultural genocide". The Chinese government, on the other hand, said it would bring economic development and higher living standards to one of the most isolated and poorest parts of the country.

Miss Sim: "The story documented the impact which the opening of the Beijing-Lhasa Express was going to bring. What struck me was when the people I spoke to there had mixed feelings about the new rail connection between Tibet and China."