MASAI: Two Indian nationals, who had just arrived here two days ago to start work as salesmen, were burnt to death with two others during a fire that razed five double-storey shoplots in Masai here.
All four, believed to be in their 20s, have yet to be identified as they were badly charred during the 2.30am fire.
Eyewitnesses said that they heard the men screaming for help and then go silent. The high flames prevented them from going to the victims’ rescue.
Police have not ruled out arson as can of petrol was found at the scene.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Sukor Sani Hashim said that investigations showed that the row of shops had been doused with petrol.
“We believe that the petrol was poured at the entrances of all the five shop lots, he said adding that the fire had started from the textile shop where the victims had been sleeping.
The body of the first victim was found at the ground floor of the building, the second at the stairway and the other two were still at the top floor, he said.
He explained that the fire had also spread very fast as the building had wooden flooring and was filled with flammable material.
Sukor said it took 20 firemen and two fire engines about 10 minutes to control the blaze but it was wholly put out only an hour later.
Those with information on the fire can call the police hotline at 07-2212999.- Star, 10/3/2010, 4 Indian nationals burn to death in saree shop (Update)
There is also a need to review the Workers Compensation Act to increase the amount paid out to death. Now, it is a mere RM18,000-00
By virtue of the WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION (FOREIGN WORKERS' COMPENSATION SCHEME) (INSURANCE) ORDER 1998, this sum is increased by a mere RM2,000...(a) where death has resulted from the injury, a lump sum equal to sixty months' earnings or eighteen thousand ringgit, whichever is the less:
Provided that if the deceased workman did not leave any dependants, the lump sum shall be the actual amount of the expenses of the funeral of the workman or one thousand ringgit whichever is the less; - Workmens Compensation Act, 1952.
(a) a sum of two thousand ringgit in the event of death of a workman from personal injury sustained in an accident which arises out of and in the course of his employment;
(b) where the personal injury is sustained in an accident which occurs outside the working hours of a workman -
(i) a sum of twenty thousand ringgit in the event of death or permanent total disablement; and(c) a sum of four thousand eight hundred ringgit or the actual expenses incurred in repatriating a workman to his country of origin in the event of his death or permanent total disablement, whichever is the lesser. - Clause 4, WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION (FOREIGN WORKERS' COMPENSATION SCHEME) (INSURANCE) ORDER 1998(ii) a sum of money equivalent to the amount of compensation awarded under section 8 of the Act for, and in the event of, permanent partial disablement or temporary disablement; and