101 East - We Built This City: Singapore's Migrant Workers

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On the night of December 8, 2013, paramedics rushed to the scene of a fatal traffic accident in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, where tens of thousands of South Asian workers socialise on their day off. The accident had occurred after construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu, a 33-year-old labourer from India, was stopped from boarding a bus ferrying migrant workers back to their dormitories. The bus ran over and killed him as he chased after it and fell. In this film, we hear from Shabdar Ali, a Bangladeshi electrician who survived horrific head injuries at work only to be abandoned by his employer. More than a year on, his injury compensation case remains unresolved.

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