Type of issue: abuse & bullying by bosses, superiors

16 06, 2015

TWC2 celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day

2019-08-30T16:32:29+08:00June 16th, 2015|Articles, Happenings|

The ballroom at the Fort Canning Lodge was filled with excitement as 150 domestic workers filed in to take their seats around the fifteen big round dining tables. The workers wasted no time and started to pose for photographs with the decorations and backdrop for the event as pop music blared in the background. This

6 06, 2015

Domestic worker loses 20 kg in five months of hell

2019-08-30T16:32:31+08:00June 6th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

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

16 05, 2015

Retiree guilty of hitting, pouring bleach on maid

2019-08-30T16:32:31+08:00May 16th, 2015|News, News Flash|

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

11 04, 2015

Guess what’s under the bra

2019-08-30T16:32:52+08:00April 11th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

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

20 03, 2015

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

2019-08-30T16:32:53+08:00March 20th, 2015|Articles, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

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

6 11, 2014

What plagues the migrant worker

2019-08-30T16:32:58+08:00November 6th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

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.

2 10, 2014

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

2019-08-30T16:33:01+08:00October 2nd, 2014|Articles, Stories|

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

28 08, 2014

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

2019-08-30T16:33:04+08:00August 28th, 2014|Media Coverage, News, News Flash|

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