Thursday, October 23, 2014

MALAYSIA:::Indian High Commission ticks off errant bosses / Perwakilan India selar majikan M'sia

The Indian High Commission today ticked off Malaysian bosses for continued mistreatment of its nationals whom they employ.

This, it said in a statement today, is despite close cooperation with the Malaysian Human Resource Ministry to curb such abuses and for remedial action.

"We are still getting information of cases of physical abuse and ill-treatment of Indian manpower in Malaysia," it said.

As such, the commission said it will now take measures by withdrawing benefits, such as visas and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card, for Malaysian employers found guilty of abuses against its nationals.
The PIO card grants convenient access to foreign citizens who can trace their ancestry to India.

"We appeal to all employers to kindly cooperate with the Indian High Commission in ensuring the safety, security and well-being of all Indian labourers employed by them in Malaysia," it said.

Modern-day slavery conditions

Malaysia has for several years been plagued by poor protection for migrant workers.

US-based NGO Verité in a report last month said one-third of migrant workers in the Malaysian electronic industry are trapped in "forced labour", a form of modern-day slavery.

According to The Guardian, the report which interviewed 500 workers concluded that debt bondage and illegal confiscation of passport and documents were the main causes of forced labour in the industry.

It added workers were further exploited due to their inability to leave, including being forced to live in cramped and dangerous accommodation, while female workers were sexually abused.
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) last week also highlighted the case of 531 unpaid and starving migrant workers who wereabandoned by a bankrupt factory in Johor.

The workers include nationals from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Human rights group Amnesty International in a 2010 reportcriticised Malaysia for lack of effort in stopping such abuses.

"Migrants, many from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, are forced to work in hazardous situations, often against their will, and toil for 12 hours a day or more," it said.

Perwakilan India selar majikan M'sia

Suruhanjaya Tinggi India menyelar majikan di Malaysia yang masih memberi layanan buruk kepada warganya yang bekerja dengan firma terbabit.

Satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini menyatakan kekecewaan perwakilan India di Malaysia atas kejadian yang masih berlaku walau dengan kerjasama yang dijalin dengan Kementerian Sumber Manusia.

"Kami masih mendapatkan maklumat mengenai kes penganiayaan fizikal dan layanan buruk ke atas tenaga kerja India di Malaysia,” kenyataan itu dipetik.

Oleh itu, suruhanjaya itu kini akan mengurangkan keistimewaan kepada majikan Malaysia yang didapati bersalah dalam kes penganiayaan ke atas warganya.

Ia termasuk kemudahan visa dan kad Warga Asal India (PIO) ke atas majikan terbabit.

Kad PIO itu memberi kemudahan akses kepada warga asing yang mempunyai keturuan India.

"Kami merayu kepada semua majikan agar bekerjsama dengan Suruhanjaya Tinggi India dalam memastikan keselamatan, perlindungan dan kebajikan kesemua pekerja India yang diambil bekerja di Malaysia.”

Kenyataan itu timbul susulan laporan pemerhati hak asasi antarabangsa, Amnesty International pada 2010 yang mengkritik Malaysia kerana tidak banyak berusaha untuk mengekang kes penganiayaan seperti itu.

Laporan berkenaan antara lainnya menggariskan kes pekerja Bangladesh, Indonesia dan Nepal, yang dipaksa bekerja dalam keadaan berbahaya, dan tempoh kerja sehingga lebih 12 jam sehari.

No comments:

Post a Comment