Some afternoons just seemed hotter than usual and this afternoon was one of those thirst quenching sunny days you dread having to be outside for whatever reason. While most of us have the luxury of choice, many do not and nothing is more evident today than a worker who speaks out one way or another!
I don’t know about you but growing up my parents constantly reminded me to study hard or face a future of hardships like these workers. I think it’s a stereotypical fear factor that Asian parents tend to drill into their kids and as a parent myself, I find myself naturally inclined to carry on this persuasive tradition with my own kids but often wondered just how effective it is. I mean, it’s not as though the idea of being in the sun so much gets translates to an imminent threat of their future!
Growing up in the Belait district has put some things in perspective for me—the reality of workers who do not have the luxury of choice and who have had to leave their homeland in search of a more secured future but also to face a future of uncertainty. As you can probably tell from my recent posts, I’ve developed an interest in the lives of the foreign workers who live among us. After all, they’re the ones who in the physical sense constructed our nation so they at least deserve a mention one way or another even it makes absolutely no difference to them whatsoever.