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Bleeding badly from injured hand, Juyel ferried from doctor to doctor

By De Sheng Poh “So many pain, so many blood.” remarked Juyel as he recounted his harrowing experience immediately following a serious injury sustained in the line of work. Earning an average of $1,200 a month, Md Juyel Hossain Md Abdul Hai, a Bangladeshi national, is the sole breadwinner of his extended family, which consists of...

Employer ordered to pay salaries, but MOM has no practical enforcement mechanism

By Saw Suhui Though armed with a set of court papers that ruled in their favour, Debnath Prantush and Islam Mohammed Shafiqul still could not see the light at the end of the tunnel, and had to approach TWC2 for help. They were colleagues a few months ago but together they left the company because they...

Broken arm left untreated for almost 24 hours

By Natalie Choy An unsightly line stretches along Bangladeshi national Sujel’s left forearm. The 12-stitch surgical scar is large enough to be distracting. “Inside have long metal rod,”Broken he explains, as he gently presses on the stitched area to show me where the rod was surgically inserted. The 25-year-old, who came to Singapore in 2013,...

One in three foreign workers still not getting itemised payslips

Of over 500 Indian and Bangladeshi workers surveyed recently by Transient Workers Count Too, one in three reported that they were not getting itemised payslips from their employers. This represents quite a high degree of non-compliance with the Ministry of Manpower’s new rule that took effect 1 April 2016. The survey reached a total of...

Hoping to go places, but stuck

By Kan Ren Jie Traffic jams are indeed a major source of irritation for many Singapore commuters.  However, when I talk with two workers from Bangladesh, Pandit Rubel Chandra and Sofikul, they tell me that the jams that we have here are really nothing compared to the crazy traffic in Dhaka!  Pandit tells me that...