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A Sri Lankan worker who lost his leg while working refused Monday to accept SR5,000 as compensation from his Saudi sponsor.

Ruwan Chamara Herath, 29, suffered a serious accident while driving a vehicle without headlights. He claimed his sponsor forced him to drive the vehicle at midnight even though he knew that the headlights were not working, Herath alleged.

The worker said that the sponsor wants to forcibly repatriate him against his wishes without giving proper compensation. “The SR5,000 which the sponsor has promised is my three months' wages and allowances,” he said, lamenting that he cannot go home in this manner.

“How can I go home without a leg? How am I going to help my wife? I’m the breadwinner of the family,” he said. He also has a two-year-old baby.

“I need proper compensation from my sponsor and I want an artificial leg so that I can continue with my life.”

He claimed that his sponsor has refused to pay him last month’s salary because he apparently had to repair the truck involved in the accident.

The office of the Sri Lankan consulate general has intervened in this matter to look after the interests of the distressed worker. “We are working out a suitable compensation for the worker,” an official from the consulate told Arab News from Jeddah.

He added that the sponsor has to pay a sizable compensation to the worker since the person had met with the accident while on duty.

Herath claimed that the company he works for treats its workers “like slaves without proper regard for local labor regulations.” He said he had to do 20 trips a day transporting sand in huge trucks for a cement factory, along with 16 other Sri Lankan drivers.

“Our sponsor has not given us iqamas or driver’s licenses for the last nine months.”

Herath said the drivers were afraid to go outside because they feared the authorities would arrest them. He also claimed that most of the company’s trucks are not properly insured which makes it impossible for him to get compensation.

He said he came to the Kingdom to make money to build his dream house on a plot of land he owns in Gampaha, a suburb some 30 km from Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital.

He said an artificial leg would cost him money equivalent to SR8,000 in Sri Lanka. He would be happy if someone could help him purchase it. He has asked the Sri Lankan Consulate in Jeddah for assistance. (Source: Arab news)
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  • zeylanicus Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:23 AM

    What about the insurance they are forced to take when leaving Sri lanka ?

    abey Tuesday, 10 December 2013 04:38 AM

    Don't accept money from the Arab. Instead of money cut a leg of him under the Sharia Law.

    5555 Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:03 AM

    @sam
    Must be a confused Christian to comment like this....
    Get a life hypocrite..
    Leave the 5000 come to lanka..and ask the government , they will send the white van..and take his other leg too...

    saman Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:11 AM

    Dear Sam,
    This happens all over world. Why can't the SLFEB take legal action? we have to particle. Maybe the Arab is a fool like you.

    sam Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:19 AM

    This is an example of greedy saudi muslims actions. They are not going to heaven with allah , but hell with devils.

    IndependenT Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:30 AM

    What we see is the true situation faced by our maids, drivers and other labour categories in middle east

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:44 AM

    Yes his Precious leg is not equal to SR. 5000, We will pay SR. 10,000 to that employer can he replace the leg for for him?

    an s !!!kith udugama Tuesday, 10 December 2013 03:59 AM

    Unbelievable, God damn Saudis are so cheap. Disgusting.

    tony Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:35 AM

    SEEK SLFCB HELP YOU GET GOOD COMPENSATION


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