in Economics from Chittagong University. She is currently the Welfare
Coordinator of the Singapore Bangladesh Society (SBS). During the last year,
she has been concerned about the plight of migrant workers from Bangladesh in
In this exclusive
interview with VOA Shaju says that spoke to many workers and visited some of
their dormitories to find out the actual conditions in which they were living.
She made video recordings of these which interested the local TV Channel,
This channel then made a documentary on the plight of migrants that
included their own interviews with Bangladeshi workers sitting idle without
employment or money. This was broadcast on 6 December 2008 in the programme Get
Real with the title 'A place called home'.
various Singaporean NGOs and activists contacted Shaju with offers of
help, including provision of food to the workers. Members of the Singapore
Bangladesh Society also contributed funds which were distributed to workers by
Shaju in the form of cooked meals and dry food items. Shaju has been in touch
with the Bangladesh Bank and other agencies in the country about policies
that might improve the lot of migrant workers.