Type of issue: job scam

15 07, 2018

More frauds committed using ministry letterhead

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 15th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

In October 2017, we carried a story Fraud committed using ministry letterhead [link] about how a worker was misled about the salary he would be getting before he signed on for a job in Singapore. While, as we explained in that article, we did not know who exactly was the culprit, the fact that a scam

20 12, 2017

MOM wrong to accuse us of ‘inaccurate’ and ‘untrue’ account

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00December 20th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

On 5 December 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) put up a note on their Facebook page accusing TWC2 of publishing an "inaccurate" account. This was in relation to the story we had posted on 12 October 2017 titled "Fraud committed using ministry letterhead". We stand by our story. We consider MOM's accusation against us

12 10, 2017

Fraud committed using ministry letterhead

2019-08-30T16:31:30+08:00October 12th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Sarowar (not his real name) approaches our help desk hesitantly. Despite being in his mid-thirties, he does not exude much self-confidence. Maybe it's because he knows his English is weak, and what he has to tell us is fairly complicated. However, it didn't take us long to grasp the nub of the problem: Someone had

15 09, 2017

Employer proclaims he lied to ministry, then gets away with paying less in salary

2019-08-30T16:31:30+08:00September 15th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Transient Workers Count Too came across a very interesting statement by Mr Tan Khim Long, director of KBC Engineering Pte Ltd. The company was defending a salary claim by a former employee, a Bangladeshi named Showkat, for short-payment of salary. The case was heard by the Manpower Ministry's Labour Court in late 2016 and early

25 06, 2017

The Everglory scam: productivity incentive shot to pieces

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00June 25th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Bikas (left) and Mazibar (right) were two highly experienced workers from the group of five This is a story of how one branch of the government undermines what another branch is trying to do. Low productivity in the construction industry has been a concern for years. Among the measures being tried is a push

5 06, 2017

Anatomy of an S-Pass scam

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00June 5th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

By Darren Oei Rama, a forty-ish Indian national, comes up to TWC2 volunteer Alex, giving him an update to his case. Alex nods and says "Good, that's good," though I can't make sense of what Rama is saying. Then for some reason, Rama turns to me and continues telling me his good news, but he

24 10, 2016

Ataus loses his job after only nine days – and after he paid $3,800 for it

2019-08-30T16:31:59+08:00October 24th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

By Kan Ren Jie On 23 June 2016, Ataus Samad Rifat, 28, was suddenly fired from his job. "Go back home. Your work permit has been cancelled. We have already bought ticket."  The ‘madam’ (the female administrative staff) at his office then proceeded to take his work permit from him. That was how Ataus described