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Indian Nationals Lodge Report Over Ill-treatment By Employer

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 01 @ 03:23:19 CDT

Foreign Workers
KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- Seven Indian nationals lodged a report at the Indian High Commission Tuesday claiming of ill-treatment by their employer in Penang.

The workers, all men, aged between 20 and 28, claimed to have been in the country for four years, during which they were employed at a barber shop in Terrubong, Ayer Hitam.

They alleged that their employer made them work for 12 hours daily with only a 10 minute break to have their meals and that they were not given any day off, except on Deepavali.

Their work permits had also expired, which they alleged was because their employer refused to get the permits renewed since two years ago.

Yesterday, they escaped from their employer and boarded a bus here where they then lodged a police report at the Sentul police station at about 6pm.

Sentul district police chief ACP Zakaria Pagan confirmed the police report when contacted today.

One of the workers, only known as Padmanathan, from Madurai, said they saved the money for their food to buy the bus tickets.

He said there were 16 people working at the barber shop.

He claimed that their employer would hit them whenever they asked him about their salary or work permits.

"During the first year of working, everything was fine. The second year, we were told by the immigration authority that our levy was not paid and when we asked out employer, we were hit with wood.

"Our salary of RM900 a month had not been paid since the past few months and we were given only RM5 a day to buy food," he told reporters when met outside the compound of the Indian High Commission here.

He said they had borrowed RM8,500 to be able to come to Malaysia to find jobs.




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