As soon as the lockdown was lifted, Azom's employer reverted from electronic payment of salary to cash. What was the motive?
MOM says employers must bear the full cost of newly-arriving workers' quarantine stay. Without victim protection, our policy-makers are whistling in the wind.
Filing an injury claim sometimes precipitates a salary problem as well. Arzu's case shows why. He also tells us about the supervisor and employer taking kickbacks.
In 2018 and 2019, over 60% of all salary claims were filed by foreign employees. Even digging these basic figures out involved sleuthing. Many things still opaque.
In a split second, a worker's life is turned upside down. It is too easy for employers to simply abandon their injured workers.
This represents good improvement, but to be meaningful, more needs to be disclosed as to how this figure was arrived at and what monitoring system is in place.
Sumon's experience falling ill with dengue uncovers the ugly and callous side of Singapore's kafala system, trapping workers within employers' whim and spite.