Ubud chef returns home after being scammed and left in limbo for days in Singapore

A 28-year-old man from Ubud safely returned residence final weekend after being duped by a shady recruiter and was left in limbo for 9 days in Singapore.

Native shops reported that I Made Dalem Andi Okyartha beforehand labored for a starred resort in Jimbaran as a chef earlier than deciding to strive his luck overseas after shedding his job because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November final yr, Made attended a presentation in Seminyak the place a recruiter claimed that Made might get a job within the UK so long as he paid IDR22.5 million (US$1,530) prematurely. 

Made transferred the cash and was instructed he would work within the UK in February of this yr. Crimson flags began appearing when the company stored suspending Made’s departure.

Finally, the company instructed Made that the accessible job was in Singapore as a substitute of the UK. Determined for a job, Made went to Singapore on April 16 together with 4 different jobseekers. Initially, Made nonetheless believed that the job company was legit as a result of he was capable of cross Singapore’s immigration checkpoint.

Nonetheless, as soon as they arrived, the company didn’t give them their workplace deal with – if it even exists in any respect – and the jobseekers quickly got here to the conclusion that they have been duped and deserted in another country.

At first, Made contacted his Singaporean good friend who used to work in Bali. The good friend gave him some money to outlive however was not capable of present shelter for Made. 

Made stated that sooner or later he went to a neighborhood mosque (regardless of being a non-Muslim) to be able to be part of the Friday prayer and obtain free meals. After a number of days, Made determined to name the Indonesian Embassy for assist.

“At first I used to be too scared to contact the Indonesian Embassy as a result of I simply realized that my arrival was by way of an unofficial agent. However fortunately they acquired me properly,” Made stated.

The embassy facilitated Made and the 4 different males by sheltering them earlier than arranging their return. Made instructed native media that he safely arrived again residence final Sunday.

Gianyar’s Manpower Company’s official Anak Agung Eka Dharma Kusumawati stated that she hoped Made’s story might grow to be a cautionary story for others who needed to hunt alternatives overseas.

“Don’t rush to go overseas [for work]. Please observe the official course of,” she stated.

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