The promise of high wages draws Indonesian migrant workers to Singapore. However, exploitative practices by agents such as deducting monthly salaries and charging illegal fees make life difficult for the migrant workers and their families back home.
A domestic worker in Singapore returns to Indonesia during the pandemic. She encounters differential treatment and a costly road home.
Despite it being the country’s national language, a dwindling number of writers in Singapore are writing in Malay. To reinvigorate the Malay fiction scene, it might be time to look outwards towards neighbouring markets.