It was a hot and humid day in the tropics on August 25 when I took my first steps out into the open air.
I’m a former student of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and I’m one of his closest advisors, but I have always felt an uneasy sense of déjà vu.
When I was a junior in school, the government had been handing out work shirts to remote workers, with a view to them being used to help alleviate poverty.
But when my parents asked me to work in a factory, they asked me if I wanted to do something else, and so I did.
It was the first time I had worked outside of my home country.
“I thought, ‘I’m working in a sweatshop and I can’t get paid.
I’m a student, so I’m going to do this’,” I said.
A year later, I started working in the factory that produces the shirt.
Work shirt factory manager Jusuf Ibrahim said he was not paid in cash or on time, but he could earn up to RM400 (US$44) a day.
He said the company was a bit of a novelty, because workers had never worked in such a remote location.
Despite the risks and the difficulty, Jusaf told me he was confident he could survive.
In 2013, after a five-month trial, the factory opened in the small village of Mangago.
The factory employed 60 workers, but it was not long before they started earning money.
They were paid by the hour, which included tips.
Jusaf said his company’s paychecks were in the range of RM400 to RM1,000 (US $30 to $48) a month.
After Jusef and the other workers left, they began collecting tips from customers, the men and women who came to work at the factory.
Eventually, they started to make enough to support themselves.
Some of them also took on jobs as cooks, cleaning staff and even house cleaners.
By 2015, Jussaf and the others had accumulated RM1 million (US) in their bank accounts.
Today, they are among the top 10 workers at the Mangago factory.
I came here to work, but they say it’s hard to get a job, so they work, too source ESPNCric Info It is hard to know whether the workers are being paid the proper amount.
While Jusf said the average pay for the workers was RM600 (US, $70) a week, they would not provide me with a precise figure.
One day last year, I asked a manager if he had any money for me.
His reply was no.
Another time, I spoke to a customer who said he would pay RM200 (US – $70).
A third time, the manager told me it was difficult to make a payment.
If you have not made a payment in two months, you will be fired, he said.
So far, the workers I spoke with are among just a few who have worked at the company.
Others say they are paid well, but not enough to make ends meet.
For the workers at Mangago, it is not just a matter of living.
They also earn extra RM1 per day as a bonus.
Jusuf says he was inspired by the work of another company, which he says is doing the same thing.
At Mangago’s factory, the average salary for the employees is RM400 a month, but workers are paid a monthly bonus of RM200 to cover their living expenses.
Their daily rate is RM1.60 (US), which Jusafe says is enough to meet their basic needs.
However, the company says the amount is not enough for them to survive.
The company said the wages are not enough and that they are looking for ways to make more money.
But the workers say they cannot afford to make extra money.
“I work hard.
I have to do my own shopping.
I don’t have money to buy clothes or even rent a house.
I earn RM800 a month,” said one worker, who wished to remain anonymous.
On a recent morning, a young worker walked past us, wearing a long sleeve shirt and shorts.
We asked him how much he made, and he said he did not have a job to show for it.
This was the third day we had met the workers.
Every morning, we met workers who had spent the day working and who had not made any money.
I am not able to go home, and I cannot eat, he explained.
I work in my home village in Sumatra, but even I don´t have enough to feed myself.
I don’t know where to live.
If I stay here, I won´t be