Mr Miah Lal, 28 years old, has never met his 8 month old daughter. He arrived in Singapore on June 2017, leaving behind a pregnant wife in order to provide a better life for her and his unborn daughter. The promise of a job with a decent salary and good working conditions led Mr Miah to take a loan of more than S$4,000.
Once in Singapore, however, Mr Miah never received his salary. Mr Miah informs us that after working for 1 ½ months without being paid he went to MOM. MOM intervened and his boss promised to pay his salary however, shortly after, Mr Miah’s boss was uncontactable. Mr Miah informs us that he continued working in Singapore without ever receiving his salary. On the 4th of September, Mr Miah was on a ladder without a harness on installing a ceiling fan when he fell from a ladder and landed in a sitting position where his spine was severely affected. Mr Miah was rushed to the hospital where doctors had to insert metal rods along his spine. Due to the severity of his back injury he was given a total of 330 days of MC until August 2018. His boss remains uncontactable and his medical fees were never paid for. Till date, Mr Miah owes Tan Tock Seng Hospital more than S$73,000.
Mr Miah left his hometown in order to provide a better life for his wife and daughter. However, he has not once send money back home due to never being paid salary and never receiving his MC wages. His wife had to resort to borrowing money from relatives and friends in order to support herself and her young daughter.
ROHI is therefore raising S$600 for Mr Miah’s family’s living expenses for a few months while he seeks recourse from MOM.
*His food and shelter are currently settled by a migrant worker advocacy organisation.