Calm down, Nepal Embassy tells workers

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Aug 2010

PETALING JAYA: The Nepal Embassy has advised its workers at a factory in Johor to calm down following the death of a fellow worker on Saturday.

Its counsellor Lekha Nath Bhattarai said the embassy firmly believes that peaceful negotiations were the best way to resolve the issue between the workers and the management.

“The workers are not rioting. It is just a spontaneous outburst of feelings for a fellow worker who was seriously ill and no help came from the company in time,” he told The Star.

“Had the management been receptive towards their hardship and grievances, such a situation would never have happened.”

Nepali workers were joined by workers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar and India in protesting the death of a 20-year-old Nepali worker from high fever at a manufacturing facility in Tebrau in Johor.

He was also unhappy that the company had not officially notified the embassy of the worker’s death.

“We hope the Malaysian authorities will investigate the issue fairly and find out the truth,” he said.

Meanwhile, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said he had received a report on the preliminary investigations into the worker’s death.

“We have to establish if the worker was the one who refused treatment or if it was the management that delayed it,” he told reporters.

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