DOSH refutes reports about Nepali worker deaths in Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has denied a report by a foreign newspaper that accidents at workplace which involved the death of Nepali workers in Malaysia happened every day in 2018.

In a statement issued on Tuesday (Jan 7), DOSH said that based on its records, 23 Nepali citizens were involved in fatal accidents while at work in 2018.

In fact, based on the statistics, the number of fatal accidents at the workplace involving local and foreign workers dropped to 611 cases in 2018 from 711 cases in 2017.

It added that the rate of fatal accidents at the workplace in the country also dropped by 15.5% from 4.90% for every 100,000 workers in 2017 to 4.14% per 100,000 workers in 2018.

The statement was issued in response to an article in a local news portal last Friday, which quoted a report by The Kathmandu Post, claiming that 364 deaths involving Nepalis were reported in 2017, and one Nepali worker died at work in Malaysia daily in 2018.

On the death of a Nepali who was killed while at work at a meat processing plant in Alor Gajah, Melaka on Dec 30, DOSH said it was still investigating the incident. – Bernama

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