It is never an easy decision ending your own life.

It is never an easy decision ending your own life.

From Alan Corrigan

Singapore, like many countries is still battling the covid pandemic. While we have gone into phase 2 of the circuit breaker and people can go about their daily lives, dining out and shopping, this is not the case for our

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Silent distress, too late to help. But you can help their families still.

Singapore, like many countries is still battling the covid pandemic.While we have gone into phase 2 of the circuit breaker and people can go about their daily lives, dining out and shopping, this is not the case for our migrant workers.Most of our migrant workers are still confined within their dormitories for the past 120 days and counting.

Imagine being confined to a small space shared by 6-10 men at any one time.Imagine being an active person toiling your day at the worksite, and now not able to move about or even getting to the bank to send money home.This is the exact situation for our migrant workers who helped built our nation.What these migrant workers gone through during the pandemic lockdown, we do not know. But we all can agree it has definitely taken a toll on their mental state of mind.There will be many fears, fears of getting infected, fears of losing their job, fears of not being able to send money home, fears of family members back home needing help while they themselves are stuck in Singapore, unable to get out.Helpless and fearful.

Ramesh Karuppiah and Govindaraj Veerasamy, both 37 years old, have unfortunately chosen to end their lives couple of weeks ago.Ramesh Karuppiah, an Indian national had been working in Singapore and his employer described him as an introverted guy. He did not show any signs of distress while living in a factory converted dorm since April. His last call home was to share that he had some slight symptoms of flu, and feared it was covid.The next time the family heard about Ramesh was a call to inform Ramesh had hung himself on 3 August 2020.He leaves behind his family - a 27 year old wife and 2 young daughters, 5 years old and 2 years old.The employer, Grandeur Organisation, has been very helpful with settling the funeral arrangements for Ramesh, even pooling together some money for Ramesh's family to help them tide through, despite the poor economic situation.He was cremated in Singapore on 7 August 2020.

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