Indian worker’s tearful plea to leave Saudi Arabia
A video plea by an Indian man has once again prompted discussion about the issue of the working conditions for migrants in Gulf countries - although the facts of the case are heavily disputed. Abdul Sattar Makandar was hired for a job driving trucks in Saudi Arabia via a recruitment agency in Mumbai. But now two years on, he says he's been denied leave to visit his home in India, and claims the company hasn't always paid him on time...After the activist posted it to Facebook, Makandar's tearful plea for help was watched more than one million times. Under Saudi law, foreign workers can't leave the country without the permission of their employers - just one element of the Gulf system of kafala, which limits the rights of foreign workers....In Makandar's case, his employer, the Al Suroor United Group, strongly denies his story. They say they he was eligible for leave after two years of service and that he's about six weeks short of that milestone. They also say he's been paid on time and even given a bonus, and that he could resign from his job at any time... Makandar was recruited by Al Suroor through an Indian agency called Discomb Gulf Travels. Discomb's managing director Riyaz Batey told BBC Trending that they had not been aware that Makandar was unhappy until the video appeared online. He said that the driver should have contacted them for help first. But he added that he had bank statements which showed Makandar had been paid on time.