Tag Archives: Abuse & bullying

Type of issue: abuse & bullying by bosses, superiors

Domestic worker loses 20 kg in five months of hell

By Polly Perdereau “I WANT, I WANT!” These were Supinah’s defiant words to her husband when he objected to her going back to Singapore to work. She had stayed put in Java, Indonesia, for two years to take care of their only child. Despite her husband’s strong opposition, Supinah’s decision prevailed. Little did she know that  Continue Reading »

Retiree guilty of hitting, pouring bleach on maid

Lum Wai Lui, 74, pleaded guilty to two charges on 13 May 2015 of abusing a domestic worker in the family home. She had slapped and poured bleach on Filipina Jonna Memeje Muegue, 25, as ‘punishment’. The domestic worker had been accused of eating a salmon meal that was not meant for her. The Straits  Continue Reading »

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  Continue Reading »

Acting on a tip-off, TWC2 rescues a maid trapped over two years without a day off, part 2

The Ministry of Manpower has accused TWC2 of publishing a “grossly untruthful account” relating to Indonesian domestic worker Wahyuni (see our earlier article here). This quote was contained in a story published in The New Paper on 8 March 2015 and archived on AsiaOne. See here and here. Transient Workers Count Too stands by our story  Continue Reading »

Acting on a tip-off, TWC2 rescues a maid trapped over two years without a day off

Late November 2014, an email came from the blogsite TR Emeritus about an Indonesian domestic worker who was not allowed to leave her employer’s house for two years. The email sender said “hope you guys can take a look at this case seriously. The poor maid is said to be always hungry and begging for  Continue Reading »

What plagues the migrant worker

This paper by Meera Rajah, a young volunteer helping out with case documentation and follow-up, provides a good summary of the issues that migrant workers commonly face. It is however, not just a descriptive summary, but delves into the reasons why things are as they are, putting the finger on the inequality of bargaining power.  Continue Reading »

Company insists Aktar see a doctor he has no faith in

By Isabel Chew Aktaruzzaman is intent on telling me his story. His cellphone rings a number of times during our interview but he rejects them because it is more important that people hear his story. On 23 July, Aktar and a co-worker were moving a 6-inch pipe weighing (by his estimate) 60 kg when his  Continue Reading »

No salary, no day off for 20 months, part 1

By Nissa Mai “I will kill you ah!” She very angry, angry. She smack me four times. I say, “I’m a human, I’m sorry!” [Then], Amah show me the big knife. She say, “[If] you argue, I cut you with the big knife.” That’s when Surya (not her real name) ran away for the first  Continue Reading »

Foreign workers riot in Malaysia over medical care, salaries and mistreatment

Alleged mistreatment by employers have led to riots in Malaysia by foreign workers, various news sources are reporting. Most serious was what happened on Tuesday night (26 August 2014) in the Malaysian state of Johor. As reported by Malaysian newspaper The Star: Some 800 workers of a factory here set fire to the building Tuesday  Continue Reading »

Maid climbed out on 36th floor after abuse

Tay Li Nah, 39, an employer of a domestic worker, was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to kicking Saedatun Fandilah repeatedly on her buttocks, thighs and abdomen at about 12.30am on 5 Feb 2013. This was reported in the Straits Times, 27 August 2014. Five hours later, Saedatun, in a bid to escape, removed  Continue Reading »