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Migrant worker in S'pore shows his struggles surviving on S$450 salary in short film

Mothership, Singapore, 31 January 2021 - R. Madhavan is a migrant worker in Singapore who made a 13-minute short film titled "$alary Day".

The film, which documents the struggles and tough choices that migrant workers in Singapore have to make in order to eke out a living, was first shared to YouTube in Apr. 2020.

The short film has since been circulating again lately.

S$450 goes towards paying for a variety of things

The short fim begins with Madhavan in the dormitory, eating a meal of rice and curry. He then goes to withdraw his salary -- a total of S$450 -- from the ATM.

The bulk of this S$450 goes towards his family. He uses the the rest to pay for other expenses like topping up his prepaid card, buying groceries, and paying for his catered meals.

He even writes down the breakdown of his expenses, showing that he's only left with S$8 after paying for his necessities.

With the remaining S$8, he goes for a S$7 haircut instead of buying a S$4 plate of maggi goreng.

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Source: https://mothership.sg/2021/01/migrant-worker-film-salary-day/

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