Nepalis who rioted return to work
Nepali ambassador to Malaysia Dr Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat said their demands have been met by the company and they went back to work yesterday morning.
Among the demands was for a 24-hour clinic within the JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd factory in the Kelapa Sawit Industrial Area.
The 800 workers went on strike on Tuesday, following a similar incident involving some 1,500 workers at the company’s branch in the Tebrau IV Industrial Area, near Johor Baru on Aug 21.
“His friends took him to a hospital because there was no medical facility within the factory compound. He died on the way to the hospital,” said Dr Niranjan, when interviewed yesterday.
“The embassy was on top of the crisis from the beginning,” he said, adding deputy chief of mission Hemlal Sharma Bhattarai was sent to Johor to mediate between the company’s management and the workers.
In JOHOR BARU, the management of JCY HDD Technology said they had started a probe into all claims against the company by the foreign workers at their two plants.
“We are unaware of any mistreatment of workers as alleged to the media and we have initiated our own investigations on the matter. We will take steps to further improve the communication,” a spokesman said.
The company also extended its condolences to the family and friends of the dead worker and condemned all acts of violence that had purportedly occurred.
On allegations of mistreatment, the company affirmed that it will abide by all regulations and provide workers with a minimum wage of RM900, and accommodation with basic amenities. The company will also provide a 24-hour in-house medical clinic at its plant in Tebrau and have appointed panel clinics for workers in Kulaijaya. - Star, 30/8/2014, Nepalis who rioted return to work
Government urged to deport those who violate country’s labour laws
Its president Datuk Loh Liam Hiang said while Malaysia welcomed foreign workers, they should not break the country’s laws.
“Malaysia should emulate Singapore by banning for life foreigners who violate the country’s labour laws.
“Damaging property or striking will interrupt productivity,” he said in response to the riot by workers of JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd here.
Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said foreign workers must sit down with their employers to settle industrial disputes amicably instead of going on strike or resorting to violence.
“I’m against all forms of exploitation by employers and also violent acts by workers as this will not solve problems,” he said.
Lee advised employees to complain to the Labour Department if they felt that they were being mistreated by their employers.- Star, 29/8/2014, Government urged to deport those who violate country’s labour laws
Updated: Friday August 29, 2014 MYT 11:48:16 AM
Respect our laws, police warn foreign workers
He said rioting and public disorder by foreign workers would not be tolerated and the police would not hesitate to make arrests.
“You came to this country to work. You have to respect the laws and the police will not tolerate any nonsense,” he said after a meeting with the management of JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd here yesterday.
He said the management of the electronics manufacturing company had held discussions with its foreign workers, witnessed by officials from several foreign embassies, to resolve the problems that culminated in a riot at the Kelapa Sawit industrial area here on Tuesday.
JCY executive director Datuk Tan Shih Leng said the company had complied with Malaysian labour laws and all the requirements that were agreed to with the foreign workers.
The company’s general manager, who wanted to be known only as Liaw, said the plant was closed yesterday following the riot.
In Tuesday’s incident, more than 800 foreign workers gathered outside the building and hurled stones and other objects at the management office.
They set an office building and a car on fire, while three other buildings were damaged.
The riot came in the wake of an incident at another JCY branch at the Tebrau IV industrial area near Johor Baru last Thursday.
There, some 1,500 workers, apparently unhappy over the company’s handling of a worker’s welfare, threw various objects from their four-storey quarters and overturned a parked van. - Star, 29/8/2014, Respect our laws, police warn foreign workers