NILAI: The near riot involving some 200 foreign workers at Recron (M) Sdn Bhd here is believed to be over the assault of a Bangladeshi worker, who had made a pass at a Vietnamese girl at the factory.
State deputy police chief Datuk Abd Manan Mhd Hasan said the Bangladeshi worker had been assaulted at the factory after it halted operations temporarily on Monday night.
“This led to the Bangladeshi workers at the factory, numbering some 1,400, to retaliate against the over 1,700 Vietnamese workers,” he said.
Police, who were notified about the incident about 9pm on Tuesday, moved in immediately and prevented a bloodshed as several hundred workers had armed themselves with pieces of wood and iron rods.
Some 200 personnel, including 120 from the Federal Reserve Unit, were sent to the scene.
At the height of the near riot, police had to escort several hundred Bangladeshi workers back to their hostel some 2km away from the factory.
Several hundred more Vietnamese were also forced to remain in their hostels.
When the incident ended' some eight hours later, three workers were admitted to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital while 20 others received outpatient treatment for various injuries.
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