EARLY this year, a Bangladesh construction worker fell to his death when a floor collapsed in a multi-storey building under construction in Taman Teknologi Subang Hi-Tech, Shah Alam. Media only referred to the man as “Kassim”. He crashed 14m down, along with steel reinforcement rods and the cement mixture. According to the 2016 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, Malaysia has one of the highest number of deaths of Nepali migrant workers, followed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Migrants workers have been with us for decades and they are with us, mainly, because of employment, regardless of whether they are documented or not. They are not refugees as refugees migrate due to political conflict and/or threat to their lives at their home countries. However, in Malaysia there is poor documentation and registration to establish the number of migrants and various sources have offered differing estimates. The Immigration Department said that the number of documented migrant workers has dropped from 2.06 million in 2008 to 1.76 million as at July 31, 2018. It estimated that for every documented migrant worker, there are 2.5 undocumented ones. Together, they could number six million or one-fifth of Malaysia’s population of 30 million. Low wages, little… Read full this story
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