THE number of Indians declared bankrupt with their properties seized for auction has increased, reported Malaysian Nanban.
Consumer Association of Penang education bureau chief N. V. Subba-row said it was disappointing to note that many of those declared bankrupt were women aged below 30.
He said the bankrupt not only comprised people unable to pay their outstanding loans but those who had stood as guarantors.
Most of them had become bankrupt because of improper planning of their expenditure, unnecessary spending and ill-thought out investments due to their greed to earn money within a short space of time, added Subbarow.
> Tamil Nesan highlighted the plight of three Indian nationals, who claimed to have been assaulted by their employer after they requested for their outstanding salaries.
One of the workers S. Jaya-murugan, 21, said his employer had driven him from Ampang to Puchong on the pretext of asking him to look after a new shophouse that he had recently bought.
He alleged that his employer had then stopped his car near a deserted place before summoning six other men, who came in another vehicle.
Jayamurugan said when he demanded his employer for his salary, which had been overdue for two months, the man accused him of stealing the company’s money instead.
He claimed that when he denied stealing the money, the men beat him. He was later sent back to his hostel in Taman Putra Ampang.
Jayamurugan told the Tamil daily that his employer had also accused two other workers of stealing the company’s funds and had also subjected them to severe beatings.
The three workers had since sought refuge with the social activist S. Kamalanathan, who has referred this matter to the Human Resources Ministry, the Indian High Commission and the Human Rights Commission.
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