The NGO which works for the welfare of foreign workers in Singapore, TWC2, wrote in their Facebook that they rescued a foreign worker who was illegally confined by his employer. The NGO said that the worker sought treatment from a hospital after being refused proper treatment by his employer. The hospital deemed that his condition was serious enough to be warded for three days. The allegedly illegal action by his employer happened soon after the foreign worker, Shahjahan, was discharged.
TWC2 said: “On discharge, company men seized him and brought him to the office. There, someone grabbed his right wrist and forcibly put his thumbprint on a document he refused to sign. They then took him to a building in Tuas and confined him in a room, saying he would be repatriated the next day.”
Fortunately, Shahjahan managed to call a friend who had earlier received an information leaflet during one of TWC2’s outreach Sundays. The friend called TWC2 and alerted the NGO to the foreign workers predicament.
TWC2 immediately rushed to Tuas, confronted the boss, called the police and Ministry of Manpower and succeeded in getting Shahjahan released.
The NGO in sharing the picture of the worker eating said it was “his first proper meal of the day — dinner at our soup kitchen — after we rescued him.”
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