Ex-plantation workers protest forced eviction

RETIRED plantation workers in Taiping held a peaceful demonstration after their former employers threw out their belongings and locked their homes, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Two were thrown out of their workers quarters on Sept 5 while former long-time worker S. Thannirmalai was thrown out in a similar manner on Sept 22.

The plantation had forcefully removed the former workers who had obtained court orders against the move.

Many of the workers have given 25 to 40 years of their lives to the plantation and have urged the government, political parties and NGOs to intervene to protect them.

> A man in Tamil Nadu performed the Pithru Tharpanam or offerings to the deceased ritual for 3,000 homeless or abandoned dead he has helped since 2012, Malaysia Nanban reported.

With the auspicious Mahalaya Amavasya (new moon) bringing to close the 15 days of Pithru Paksha (ancestor phase) in the Hindu lunar tradition, Rajendran, 64, from Nahapattinam decided to perform the Thithi (offerings) ritual to the people by honouring them with proper last rites.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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