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Foreign workers riot in Malaysia over medical care, salaries and mistreatment

Alleged mistreatment by employers have led to riots in Malaysia by foreign workers, various news sources are reporting. Most serious was what happened on Tuesday night (26 August 2014) in the Malaysian state of Johor. As reported by Malaysian newspaper The Star: Some 800 workers of a factory here set fire to the building Tuesday...

Zahir mistakenly happy to have received his 'MC money'

By Lucas Ho Just as Zahir is getting to the part about MC money halfway through the interview, TWC2 vice-president Alex Au walks by. He overhears Zahir mention a few numbers — numbers which don’t quite make sense to me, but whose significance Alex grasps straight away. In case we have been mistaken, Alex asks...

Shahadat's safety sacrificed at the altar of profit

By Meera Rajah Shahadat Hosain, like many other migrant workers from Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand and the Philippines, took a job with a subcontractor of Keppel Shipyard in hope of creating a better life. He was prepared to put in the strenuous manual labour that most locals shy away from, hauling heavy metal pipes over...

Cost implications of government policies crucial to question of foreign worker accommodation

The Straits Times recently carried a story about foreign worker accommodation. Unfortunately, it didn’t get to the heart of the matter: the way government policies affect cost and affordability considerations. The newspaper’s 19 August 2014 story spoke about the rising number of vacancies at purpose-built dormitories. There are about 5,000 vacancies, said the story, though...

In three months: Three scams and one hantam

With additional reporting by Mohd Ridhwan Saju kept reminding his boss for the rest of his May 2014 salary. He had received only $300 compared to something over $1,000 he considered was rightly due. He had put in a lot of overtime work in May. “Ah Soon, he say later, later,”  reports Saju of his...