Chinese national working in Singapore commits suicide after being fired from job and allegedly cheated by middleman

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A 25-year-old Chinese national ended his life after he was sacked from his job as a cook here. Faced with daunting prospects and feeling cheated by a middleman who helped him find work in Singapore, Su Zhong Qing leapt off the 10th floor if the apartment block he was living in on Monday (!6 Oct).

He did not survive the suicide attempt.

Su’s mother, 59-year-old Mdm Li Hua, collected his body this past Saturday (28 Oct). She recounted to the Chinese daily that she had a video-call with him just moments before he ended his life, when he told her that he had been cheated in the process of finding work in Singapore:

“He said he got cheated by the middleman (who helped him find work in Singapore) and that he wasn’t happy at work. I told him to resign and come home, but he told me he wanted to earn back the money he borrowed to pay for the middleman fees first.”

Su had arrived in Singapore in July this year and began working as a cook at a Marina Square restaurant.

He was abruptly fired from his job early last month, after he failed a cooking exam.

Laden with debt due to the costs of finding a job in Singapore, Su became depressed that he would not be able to pay off his financial obligations now that he had lost his job.

Still, Mdm Li did not expect her son to take his own life. She added:

“The recruitment firm didn’t tell us where he had been staying, and didn’t buy insurance for him. The restaurant staff said they gave S$1000 in pek kim (condolence money) for my son to the recruitment firm but we didn’t receive it.”

Mdm Li further elaborated that the funeral parlour kindly gave her family a large discount.

Responding to allegations that he had made off with the $1000 condolence money from the restaurant, Su’s middleman explained to the Chinese daily that he used the money to pay for the funeral costs and that he did not bother contacting Su’s family because he thought they had already made their own plans:

“I thought the family already made their own arrangements, and we had paid for their 2-day hotel expenses. They checked with the police when they arrived so we didn’t explain the circumstances further to them.”

The middleman alleged that he had met Su two days prior to the fatal leap and had assuaged him that he would find another job for him. He added that he did not expect Su to day that he wanted to return home the next day, or that Su would commit suicide.

Su has been cremated in Singapore. His ashes will be sent back to his hometown in China.

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    Plenty of such agents and employers here who are in cahoots with foreign middlemen to cheat these foreign workers. What is MOM doing about it?

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      Foreign agent are usually those on E pass or PR… They make kopi money out of their own kampong people… As for as I know in workers.. India is 7ksgd, Bangladesh is 10k sgd .. – Even some local HR are into these shares – Dubai doesn’t allow Foreigners to be HR

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      he was sacked because he failed the training course, can’t really blame the employer/boss. as for agent/middleman fee of 10K or more, such practices , regardless legal or illegal in Singapore is common practice for PRC workers recommended here to work,

      it is probably illegal in Singapore but the middle man FEE is likely NOT transacted on Singapore but via other PRC based middleman partners/agencies so Singapore law can do nothing about such practices.

      People say we sinkees are dumb and straight and Singapore too much law and order and PRC / Hong Kees very smart and use loopholes , this is 1 of the loopholes and alternative transactions that do not involve Singapore law coverage but he still need to pay some1 back home (China ) , so how? we want law or we want lawlessness like the Tiongs?

      被炒只是借口,而且是他自己 考试/鉴定不合格。。 才被。。。 炒的。而且债务。。。。 难道也怪老板?和中介 , 当然是自己惹出来的债祸. 这做法无论对或错,多数大陆员工都这么办的。怎么其他人没出事?
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      Many of these arrangements involve companies receiving money for hiring these workers, so they hire them for a few months, then fire them on bogus grounds and the cycle repeats with fresh victims.

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    China middle man are crooks and heartless. Look at the sex industry. At least one third are being forced by those PRC men. Trust your country men wahahaha. Trust PRC might as well sleep with a lion

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    What’s disturbing is that there are many mainland Chinese working in Singapore and they are being placed in strange workplaces. I saw a Chineseman work as waiter in an Indian restaurant in Little India. He seemed so out of place. He was grumpy and can see that he wasn’t happy working there but that apparently is the MOM requirement to place them in any work.

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    Not surprise that your country men can cheat you. I have Fren of 30 over years calling my Brother hood CNA chested me $50k telling me cock and bull langjiao story. End up not paying and come
    Back to with all the Lang jiao excuse.

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    Don’t expect MOM to look into it. Modern slavery in SG and exploitation is rampant. Recruitment agents and agencies have a field day. Free to exploit, take advantage and take money from these people.

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    Cannot understand why people is ask or making MOM responsible for this. MOM already say that agency fee is against the law, so all the agency fee is done outside of Singapore which is not in our control. We do not know why this guy got sack. My deepest condolence to his family but he may be a lousy worker.. Remember it is said that he fail his test.How can the company keep sdomeone in their employment if their fail to qualify. Workers from China, India and Banglah has to pass a certain test in their country to get a work permit in Singapore if they are here for the first time. The course inclusvie of test is about S$2,500.00 which include accomodation. For PRC , without the cert BCA is not going approved and MOM cannot issue the work permit. So sorry but your own country man screw you.

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    All said here , this tragic case is just but one of the many cases (middleman human trafficking business ) appearing on the fringe of legal/illegal arrangement !
    SG cannot do much if it involves the victim’s homeland traffickers but since it happened right here in SG , the relevant Gov agency has a responsibility to investigate to ensure that it does not involve a local registered trafficking company , if it be so that it does , this unscrupulous human trafficking business should bare the full brunt of the law to the highest severity extent possible!!!!!

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    Don’t understand why, some ppl are laughing at this.
    Although we are not fond of the mainland chinese, but they are also human. These cheating agents for the foreign workers ought to be hang. Eating blood $.

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      he not their family member and they do not feel as human to pity and condolences the victim as a human. they feel this is a big joke for them. let them be. whats goes arpund comes around…

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    he was sacked because he failed the training course, can’t really blame the employer/boss. as for agent/middleman fee of 10K or more, such practices , regardless legal or illegal in Singapore is common practice for PRC workers recommended here to work,

    it is probably illegal in Singapore but the middle man FEE is likely NOT transacted on Singapore but via other PRC based middleman partners/agencies so Singapore law can do nothing about such practices.

    People say we sinkees are dumb and straight and Singapore too much law and order and PRC / Hong Kees very smart and use loopholes , this is 1 of the loopholes and alternative transactions that do not involve Singapore law coverage but he still need to pay some1 back home (China ) , so how? we want law or we want lawlessness like the Tiongs?

    被炒只是借口,而且是他自己 考试/鉴定不合格。。 才被。。。 炒的。而且债务。。。。 难道也怪老板?和中介 , 当然是自己惹出来的债祸. 这做法无论对或错,多数大陆员工都这么办的。怎么其他人没出事?
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    The fuckery that is the Singapore model takes all as prisoners, with the exception of the ruling elite.

    Since when has there been so much work pressure with our ruling elite that they commit suicide?

    I’m looking at you, Khaw Boon Wan. You owe us hara kiri for your multiple failures. Time to walk the talk.

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    India and china job agent same one.. lion open big mouth..request more fees to get a sg job!!!Heartless bastard!!!U die u business..i only want more more $ to my pocket!!!!Cheater job agency!!!!Cause a life lost!!!!Punishment the cheater on karma!!

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