They are afraid to be sent back

They are afraid to be sent back
Mr Md Juwel Biswas, a Bangladeshi construction worker in Singapore.

SINGAPORE- He is a construction worker here, earning up to $1,000 every month.

Or more than 61,000 takas, the Bangladeshi currency. It might not sound like a lot, but it is to Mr Md Juwel (right).

His monthly income here is four times what the average income is back home. So the last thing he wants is to get into any kind of trouble.

He said his brother had warned him that the rules and regulations here are strict and he has to obey them or risk being sent home.

"He told me that I have to wait for the green light when I cross the road, not to litter and to stay out of trouble. Back in Bangladesh, I cross the road when I want. Here, I must behave," said Mr Md Juwel with a laugh.

He has a college certificate in business accounting and hopes to earn and save enough to start his own business when he goes back.

His brother, 30, a also construction worker here, persuaded Mr Md Juwel to join him. In August 2011, he joined his brother, who has been working here for five years.

Mr Md Juwel said: "The Singapore dollar is very strong. Friends who came here to work said that it's a dream country.

"A lot of Bangladeshis work here and my brother is also here. I'm not alone."

But the chance to work here did not come cheap.


His parents sold their land to pay the recruitment agent about $6,500. To repay his parents, Mr Md Juwel sends home about $600 every month.

He said: "It would also be very embarrassing to be sent back. How then would I repay my parents and set up my business?

"I need a lot of money, thousands of dollars, to open my clothing shop and take care of my parents, who are not working any more."

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