An Intern’s Wretched Life

Got back my final GPA about 2 days back. Not my ideal score, but I guess life still goes on (nope, not revealing my grades here – don’t like public scrutiny anymore). On the bright side, I shouldn’t be worrying too much since application for Uni has been done with my first 5 semesters’ GPA. 🙂 Waiting anxiously for the outcome now..

That aside. Today’s blog post can be considered as a short continuation from my previous post about my internship.

I thought I need to blog about this to keep my future self reminded and cautious of similar black sheep when applying for jobs. And of course, the lesson learned.

So just when you thought the episode ended, here comes the aftermath. Very sian right? Internship ended already still have to deal with the aftermath. I guess at this point I can safely advise all students seeking internship to let the school do the job for you. DON’T do it yourself as the company you self-sourced may just be as calculative and exploiting (using this term very loosely because it was more or less WILLING coz of bloody grades) as mine.

After harassing rushing and reminding my supervisor for more than a month about my pay, I can finally receive it tomorrow. But there’s a problem. They did not pay me for the two Chinese New Year holiday which they are supposed to according to Ministry of Manpower. And I swear I have the MOM and CPF employment guidelines at my fingertips after working for this company because they had been relentlessly overworking me like mad.  First it was the ridiculous CPF deduction from my pay. Now this? Seriously they never fail to disappoint and I REALLY wonder how the past interns tolerated these shit. I mean, if the past interns were willing to totally get manipulated and tortured by these scumbags, then I guess it’s their choice. But man, if this happens to me, the bitchy righteous side of me has to be unveiled to protect myself.

So I was asking my supervisor how much I’m paid for February and the sum amounted to a weird figure. Clearly when I prompted further about how it’s derived, she became curter with her tone which kinda pissed me off.  If you’re gonna be so calculative about my pay, why can’t I freakin’ do the same? And if I REALLY have to be calculative, I’d factor in those long overtime hours! Boils my effing blood. I’ve sought advice from my liaison officer whom will consult my law lecturer who was previously a lawyer. Yes, before you mess with anyone, check where he/she’s coming from first! Like any other adult employees, an intern (especially student intern) needs money for survival. How CRUEL can a company be to shortchange an intern?!

My only wish right now is to watch this company suffer the same consequence as LIME (unfortunately this magazine really didn’t deserve the wind up). Not through unethical means of course – don’t wanna stoop to their level. I believe karma will get them one day when more and more people are exposed to their misdeeds and lies! Even my Mommy is damn upset because of this incident.

Anyway I’ve made up my mind. I’m gonna lodge a formal complaint against this dishonest company with MOM as well as the CPF. They apparently need proper, black and white employment guidelines from the authorities else they will never know where their mistakes lie. Once I’m done with it, I’ll probably post it up. But it’s gonna be a password-protected entry so if you wish to gain access, do approach me. BUT make sure I know you well enough to trust that it’d be kept confidential. 😛

OK I’ll update if anything goes wrong tomorrow when I collect my moolah. I hope nothing goes wrong though.. It’s been delaying for too long. I’m officially broke man -_-

I will be also updating my blog more often now. Stay tuned for entries about my Penang trip!

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