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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 1:27:59 PM

Not all of us are bad, say foreign workers

Cause for concern: A foreign worker making a call on his mobile phone along Jalan Silang in Kuala Lumpur. There are concerns that foreign worker enclaves in cities and major towns could be places of an outbreak of violence.

Cause for concern: A foreign worker making a call on his mobile phone along Jalan Silang in Kuala Lumpur. There are concerns that foreign worker enclaves in cities and major towns could be places of an outbreak of violence.

PETALING JAYA: Foreign workers have to deal with being looked down upon by locals in addition to working long hours.

Indian national P. Jayasankar, 36, said many foreign workers felt they were despised.

“It does not help that some of them drink alcohol in public and cause a ruckus,” said the father of two who has worked as a waiter in Malaysia for the past two years.

He said he worked six days a week and getting the most out of his day off to rest was very important.

“Many of us come to work here just to earn extra money to send home to our families but some lose focus on priorities,” he said.

A. Nandakumar, 23, said what happened in Singapore recently should not be associated with all foreign workers.

“Not all of us are bad, some of us only want to work hard to provide for our families,” said the waiter who hails from Tiruchi, India.

He said although an Indian national was killed in a bus accident in Singapore, the group should not have resorted to violence.

P. Murthi, 31, a cook, said the people who started the riot there were irresponsible.

“They could have gotten more people injured or killed.

“Maybe it was incited by someone who wanted to cause chaos or it could have been aggravated by the working conditions certain foreigners face,” said the father of two who also hails from Tiruchi, India.

He said foreign workers should always abide by the laws of the country they were working in.

“The country has graciously allowed us to make a living so we should not cause trouble,” he said.

An Indonesia construction worker who only wanted to be known as Musly, 45, said although working in Malaysia was sometimes stressful, he was not worried about a similar uprising here.

“Malaysians are of multi-ethnicities and religions. They accept and understand us, as long as we abide by the law.

“I doubt something like what happened in Singapore would happen here. I feel safe working and living here,” said Musly, who hails from East Jawa.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, foreign workers, India, riots, singapore

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