SIBU: The police denied there was a riot by Indonesian workers at a plywood factory owned by a local company here Tuesday (Feb 13).
On the contrary, Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the 700 Indonesian workers were only holding a demonstration to demand the company to stop the RM101 levy deduction from their monthly wage.
"The situation is under control with no incidents. The Criminal Investigation Department team was there and the company has agreed to negotiate with the workers," he said when contacted.
When asked to comment on photographs said to be a riot, uploaded on Facebook on Tuesday, he said the photographs showed the burning of rubbish believed to have taken place near a workers' hostel.
Last December, the Human Resources Ministry in a statement said, effective January this year, all employers must bear the cost of levy payments for new foreign workers as well as foreign workers who have renewed their Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) Pass.
According to the ministry, stern action would be taken against employers who failed to comply with the law, regulations and policies with regards to the foreign workers' levy payment. - Bernama