My apologies for the title, but after spending some time with a migrant worker today – together with some of my friends – I’m quite upset that what we had highlighted more than 3 years ago are still taking place. Namely, that employers are exploiting their foreign workers, leaving them helpless with nowhere to turn to.
The poor guy had even sought help from the Labour Court which actually agreed with him, and ordered the employer to pay the salary owed to the worker. The employer refused to do so. The Court apparently is helpless in what to do next, besides advising the poor migrant worker to resort to a civil suit – for which the worker has no money to lodge!
And MOM says its hands are tied too because of certain policies.
Look, the worker worked as many as 18 hours a day.
He deserves his salary.
And if the Labour Court and MOM cannot help him retrieve the money rightfully and honourably earned through hard work, then what the hell are the Court and MOM for?
It makes me angry – and we’ll be writing about his story.
And I am sure that his story is not an isolated one.