Recently, a construction worker had committed suicide and claimed that his employer have failed to pay him salary for 5 months. He was found dead at a site along Jalan Ampang on April 17.
Prior to his death, he had uploaded a short video on TikTok, urging his friends to seek his employer to demand his salary.
“I want to do a video, my boss has not paid my salary for five months. I cannot take it anymore. The cause of my death… it is my boss. My friend, please find my boss,” he spoke in Bahasa Melayu in the 24-second long TikTok.
He added that he had posted another video stating the details of his employer, such as the name of his boss and the name of the Company. He wants everybody to know about his wrongdoing.
The construction worker was identified as a 30-year-old Pakistani, named Shahzad Ahmed. As reported in MalaysiaKini, Wangsa Maju police chief, Ashari Abu Samah said that investigations shows that the employer had failed to pay Shahzad salary from December 2020 to April 2021 due to financial problems.
“Based on the investigations, the company had financial problems as it was affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO). It had offered to pay him an advanced payment, but the deceased refused as he wanted his salary to be fully paid.” Ashari said.
“The deceased’s co-worker alleged that the deceased had a family dispute in Pakistan and felt pressured into sending money back home.”
He revealed that Shahzad had been working in Malaysia since 2019 and has no relatives here.
Meanwhile, the case will be investigated under Sections 19, 22, 24, 25, and 60K of the Employment Act 1955. The provisions relates to the time of payment of wages, limitation on advances to employees, lawful deductions, wages to be paid in legal tender, and duty to furnish information and returns respectively.
The officer in charge estimates that the investigation will complete in about a week.
As a reminder to all, seeking for help is not a sign of weakness! If you or anyone you know who are at risk of committing suicide, please reach out to them!