Injured workers avoiding firms' dorms over fear of repatriation
They fear being repatriated or don't know that MOM can help
Construction worker D. Mathavan is broke.
The 40-year-old has not worked for six months due to a hand injury, yet insists on borrowing cash from friends to pay the $200-a-month rent to stay at a shophouse in Little India.
He would pay only about $50 a month if he stayed at his company's dormitory, but he does not want to as he fears his boss will send him back to India.
Migrant workers' group Transient Workers Count Too is calling on the Manpower Ministry to step in and provide accommodation for injured workers where they can feel safe.