GEORGE TOWN: A state assemblyman has been slammed for saying that four masseuses from Shendong in China were allegedly mistreated by their Malaysian employer.
Their employer who owns a reflexology centre in Bayan Baru claimed that he never mistreated them and said they misled the authorities.
Pantai Jerejak assemblyman Sim Tze Tzin had earlier helped the four China nationals, Duan Li Hong, 23, Wang Li Mei, Jiang Yong Fen and Zhang Ying, all aged 38, to lodge police reports in March against their local employer for mistreating them.
Penang Gerakan Public Complaints Bureau bureau head Dr Kiew Hen Chong slammed Sim for not checking his facts first.
“It is irresponsible of him to make such statements as the report was published in the media and had tarnished the employer’s reputation,” said Dr Kiew in a press conference yesterday.
The owner Eric Lim, 36, claimed that he had documents to prove that he paid their wages on time and never locked them up.
It was alleged that Lim had brushed aside Wang’s threat to commit suicide by telling her to “go ahead.”
Frustrated, Wang apparently tried to jump off an overhead bridge along Jalan Aziz Ibrahim but was stopped by policemen.
“I do not know how she cooked up the story. There is CCTV footage showing Wang and Duan having a fight in the shop on the same day when Wang threatened to jump off the bridge,” said Lim, adding that the police investigations also showed that there was no case against him.
When contacted, Sim said that he was just helping the four Chinese nationals to make a police report.
Sim said that Gerakan should not politicise this issue as the matter was being handled by police.
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