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With good employer, Vijay may soon have another mouth to feed

Once in a while, we come across a worker who tells us that he is treated well by his employer. Vijay is one of them. He has asked us not to use his real name because he hopes to continue working with the same employer after he has recovered from his injury. To reveal his...

Container accommodation, but for toilet, must go very far

By Keith Wong “For toilet, must go very far,” is how Syful Md Siddiqur Rahman puts it. “How far is far?” I ask. “Go into the jungle?” “No jungle there,” he explains. “Go other corner [of] site. Very big site.” Syful is describing his living conditions and the sanitation arrangements he has to put up...

With each job here, Saide gets poorer

By Lindene Cleary His first job didn’t even last a year, losing out on unpaid salaries. His second job lasted barely a week, with him having to foot hospital bills. His personal finances are awash in red ink. We all suffer from accidents and bad luck from time to time. We miss the bus, we...

Deeply in debt, Musfiqur stays cheerful

By Ashley Frois We’re barely under the eaves. Rain, like troubles, pours down mere inches from our seats. Everything is damp. Two seats away and drier, a fellow volunteer is interviewing another construction worker, Rahman Sadequr. That worker is speaking morosely of his money problems. My interviewee, Musfiqur (pictured above), is strangely upbeat. He too...

Months after initial complaints to ministry, housing and salary abuses still surfacing

We didn’t at first plan to write up their story because it was a story we’ve heard countless times before — not that their plight was any less distressful for them. The men from Harri Construction complained of unpaid salaries, losing their jobs, and terrible conditions at their quarters. But two months later, the Straits...