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ALI BABA

by Randy Ang

 

THE STORY

News reporter Augustine discovers that an injured migrant worker has been left for dead by his employer in a forest. At a time when stories on migrant workers were untold, Augustine challenges convention in the newsroom.
This film is based on the true story of Augustine Pang and other Singaporean journalists who covered the plightof migrant worker Mohd Bashar. Their stories prompted an outpouring of donations and gifts to Bashar.

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HealthServe seeks to meet the needs of the migrant workers in our community through the provision of medical care, counselling, case work, social assistance, and other support services. Since 2006, they have developed partnerships with regulatory authorities, agencies, schools and corporate organisations to initiate public health awareness programs and research projects.

What you need to know?

As of June 2018, there are 966,200 low wage migrant workers in Singapore. Low wage migrant workers make up more than 25% of the total workforce in Singapore. 

 

The financial difficulties of low wage migrant workers in Singapore are substantial. They make as little as S$540 per month and have a median income of S$1,230 per month depending on nationality and years of work experience. Prior to landing in Singapore, low wage migrant workers incur high recruitment fees and training fees that amount to S$15,000. It will take a low wage migrant worker up to 28 months to repay their debt.

DIRECTOR OF ALI BABA

RANDY ANG

Randy Ang is based in Singapore. He was named one of the top directors and producers by Monocle Magazine in 2009. His short film, "Ayam Man", won the Best Motion Picture at the Cathay Movie Awards in 2013. His directed two feature films – his debut crime thriller, "re:solve" (2014) and "1965" (2015). Before directing, he produced feature films, "The Days" and "Becoming Royston". He also directs television commercials for United Overseas Bank, Singtel, amongst others.

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