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Indians kicked out of Malay hostels

They were thrown out after the firm terminated their services on April 9.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 15:22 IST

A group of Indians, involved in a labour dispute with their Malaysian employer, were allegedly thrown out of the hostels they were staying in by some drunken men.

In what is the latest case of harassment of Indian workers in Malaysia, a group of 68 Indian nationals, who were employed with a manufacturing firm in the city of Shah Alam, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur, were thrown out of their hostels in Section 17 of that city on Tuesday night.

The company had reportedly terminated the services of the workers on April 9.

One of the men, G Srinivasan, told the New Straits Times newspaper that around 7 pm on Tuesday, 10 inebriated men entered their hostels and ordered them to vacate the place.

The men then allegedly threw out the belongings of the Indians from the seven flats they were occupying, according to the New Straits Times report.

The men had to spend the night on the staircases and corridors of the flats.

This is not the first time that the men had faced problems after being dismissed by the company.

On May 31, personnel of Rela, Malaysia's baton-wielding volunteer force, picked them up and detained them for nine days.

They could be released only after a court case.

This time, what has made matters worse is the fact that four of the men are suffering from chicken pox and one has dengue.

As they have been dismissed from their jobs, they cannot even seek medical care.

Meanwhile, secretary general of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) G. Rajasekharan visited the men Wednesday.

He said MTUC had asked the company to give the men air tickets back to India, but to no avail.

The report quoted Rajasekharan as saying that MTUC would provide the men with food and medical care.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Human Resources Minister Fong Chan Onn has said that the case is being investigated.

There are over 15,000 Indian nationals in Malaysia, many of them working as professionals and contracted workers.