Kathmandu, Malaysia ma kaam garne Nepali ra Indian kaamdar haru ko udhar.
Some Nepali migrant workers along with 24 Indians who were forced to work in inhumane condition at a fibre-processing factory in Malaysia were rescued on Tuesday.
Indian newspaper Mid-Day said Malaysian police rescued them from the CM Fibre Processing SDN BHD in Sibu, Sarawak of Malaysia.
“On Tuesday afternoon, the local police and a team of reporters barged into the factory and rescued 24 Indians and some Nepalis,” the paper wrote on Wednesday, “The action was taken after local activists and lawmakers took up the cudgels against the exploitation,”
The paper said the workers were forced to toil for 18 hours a day and paid very little in return. “They were fed rotten food and were beaten up by the guards regularly,” according to the paper.
“It was torturous. We worked day and night, but were starved. Thankfully, someone has come to our rescue. I hope we reach our country soon,” the paper quoted an Indian worker Surjit Thapa from Kolkata.
An unnamed Nepali worker has said to the paper, “I hope they take action against the company that has kept us under house arrest. They should be taken to task.”
Another Nepali Dilip Khatri lamented, “If they take us from here, we will be sent to police lock-up for the lack of a passport and relevant documents. There will be no hope of recovering the money we paid to the agent. Who will bear our legal expenses?”
After the police action, CM Fibre has deactivated their websites and deleted all numbers of company officials from the websites, adds the paper.
It, however, does not mention the actual number of Nepali workers who were rescued.
On November 7 and November 10, Mid-day had carried front-page stories on two Indian workers who were kept at inhumane conditions.
It also said local Malaysian newspapers are also carrying stories on plights of the workers.