GEORGE TOWN: Forty-two Vietnamese women and 34 men from Vietnam and Nepal workers, who were allegedly treated like 'slaves' by their agent for about 20 months, would be sent to a protection centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Timur Laut police chief ACP Gan Kong Meng said the agent from a private company had breached the terms of contract signed with the workers by deducting half their wages monthly and using force to physically abuse them.
"We have received an interim protection order from the magistrate's court to transfer them to a protection centre in Kuala Lumpur.
"We have also been informed that the agent had not paid their salary for two months," he told Bernama.
He added that the 'foreign workers' aged between 30 and 50 were left without food since Feb 21 since their work permit had expired.
State Immigration assistant director Mustaffa Kamal Hanaffi said the department was tracking down the agent.
"Based on information, the agent is also holding their passports and we are looking for the agency whose last known address was in Bayan Lepas," he said. BERNAMA