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Sardar knocked down and fainted, yet not sent to doctor

By Zhan Nanxin When Alex touches Sardar Md Shamin’s shoulder, he flinches. The accident is several months ago, but should his injury be permanent,  he will be unable to take up any heavy-duty job again, in Singapore or in any other country.  He will be unable to support both his sisters back home in Bangladesh who...

Lunch with Heart raises record amount for TWC2

Transient Workers Count Too held our annual benefit lunch (Lunch with Heart) Sunday 13 December 2015. We sold a record 335 tickets, raising over $33,000 — also a new record. Most well-wishers donated back their tickets so that we could invite workers on their behalf to have a good meal. A total of 100 domestic...

Clinic-shopping while Alam bleeds away

“Boss say I must not talking (tell others) how I accident,” Alam recounts of the first hours after his forearm was torn open. “He say I must explain like this: (that) I go canteen to makan (eat), and I fall down there.” “He tell other workers, nobody must talking.” But when Alam Mahbubul finally got...

Razibul goes from lots of work but no money, to no work no money

By Zhan Nanxin In his third month on the job, it was ‘Tomorrow…. Tomorrow’.  Then it became ‘Next week’ and gradually escalated to ‘Next month’. It’s November now, and Islam Razibul has not received his pay since June 2015. He waited patiently for three months, but eventually lodged a complaint at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)...

Injured worker told he must show up at work, but "just standing only"

By Saw Suhui When I first spot Rahabul, he is standing at a corner of a coffee shop, using a flimsy piece of tissue paper to cover the wound on his hand as his friend helps to translate his account of his unfortunate incident to a fellow volunteer. “Pain,” he says of his wound. Rahabul,...