Ministry view the incident involving foreign workers seriously, says Ismail

MARAN: The Human Resources Ministry will conduct a thorough investigation in connection with the recent rioting incident involving foreign workers in Kulai, Johor.

Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib said the ministry viewed the matter seriously as such incidents could tarnish the image of the country.

Ismail said stern action would be taken against those responsible once the investigations by the authorities were completed in due course.

“The incident and unruly behaviour by workers should not have happened.

“All parties must work towards a win-win solution and not resort to violence.

“There must be regular negotiations among employers, employees and workers union, and a spirit of give and take should prevail at all times,” he said during a gathering with students who were offered places in local institutions of higher learning at Wisma Persekutuan near here.

Also present was Luit assemblyman Nur Hidayah Mohd Shahaimi.

Ismail, who is the Maran MP, urged all workers, especially foreigners to adhere to the country’s laws instead of creating a ruckus.

He said foreign workers must remember they were in the country to make a living and any dispute should be reported to the relevant authorities for a prompt solution.

During the incident, a mob of about 800 foreign workers comprising Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Vietnam nationals, staged a protest after they were unhappy with their employers.

A small group then rioted, throwing stones and damaging buildings, and torching a vehicle.

Police personnel including those from the Federal Reserve Unit were called in to control the situation, resulting in the detention of more than 40 foreign workers.

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