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Whose interests should doctors look out for?

By Sabrina Tay He held his index finger out next to mine and the difference was stark. Rubel’s finger was deformed, the nail shorter than what it should have been and the flesh at his fingertip warped. “Can you feel anything?” I asked as I gently touched his finger. “Cannot feel, no pain, no feeling”...

Safety goes into dumpster along with workers' rights

By William Chin The boss wasn’t happy to see his employee presenting a medical leave certificate. “Why you go see doctor? No (limb) drop off, no broken,” was his reaction. As Humayun Mohammad Enu tells it, he had to get his own medical treatment, and until now has not been reimbursed despite medical care being...

Guess what's under the bra

By Maya Nguyen Three of us from TWC2 were in a ward of a major hospital. The hospital’s medical social worker had asked us to come speak with a domestic worker who had been warded; she might have employment problems that medical social workers could not help with. The domestic worker — let’s call her...

A dormitory is not a home: a place of threat, not security

By Chang Ya Lan Even in good health, a migrant worker does not enjoy the pleasure of a home in Singapore. Dormitory space is far from equivalent to what we take for granted: a place of rest and relaxation after a long, tiring day at work; a shell of privacy where rude and menacing people...

Worker wants to see his ill mother, boss says he doesn't care if worker dies too

By Keith Wong Some workers need to hold on to their jobs to support their families, but lose them anyway through no fault of their own. Sikder Gopal needs to quit his job, to go home to be with his extremely ill mother, yet is stymied every step of the way. Oh, the irony! It...