Thu, 18 May 2006
More Indonesian Workers in Singapore Commit Suicide
Thursday, 18 May, 2006 | 15:33 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The number of Indonesian workers (TKI) in Singapore committing suicide has increased.

Fachry Sulaiman, Head of the Consular Section at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore, said that in addition to death by suicide, workers also died due to traffic and work accidents.

“The suicide rate is up,” said Fachry during a discussion about the situation regarding the development of Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore and Malaysia, at the National Human Rights Commission for Women, Central Jakarta, yesterday (17/5).

According to him, 10 people have died so far this year, eight by suicide.

Regarding the Indonesian workers who committed suicide, Fachry said that most of them had been in touch with their homes.

From this contact, they had received information about their families' conditions.

Fachry cited disloyal husbands, families asking for more money, and undelivered money.

As a result, the workers concerned became depressed.

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