Inside the dirty, dangerous world of Malaysia's 'kongsi'

Ramshackle: Migrant construction workers in Malaysia are often housed in deplorable conditions, like in the kongsi pictured above, where three men share a space with no bed. While there are codes of practice that serve as guidelines for proper workers’ housing, they do not carry the force of law.

PETALING JAYA: Four hundred people, including women and children, stuffed into a ramshackle plywood ghetto, with just three makeshift toilets – this is just one of the deplorable scenes captured by R.AGE’s undercover journalists.

There are regular outbreaks of contagious diseases, a result of the cramped spaces and poor hygiene facilities.

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