Authorities had recently raided a restaurant in Klang for exploiting its workers. As reported by Harian Metro yesterday (29 April), the Royal Malaysia Police’s (PDRM), they had rescued 22 migrant workers from a restaurant at Taman Chi Liung.
Crime Investigation Department (CID) D3 principal assistant director, ACP Fadil Marsus said that the raid was carried out under operation “Op Pintas Bersepadu” where DPRM made a surprise attack on a restaurant and their two workers’ dormitories around 12.45 a.m.
“During the operation, we managed to rescue 22 migrant workers aged between 23 and 44 years old, including 11 women from Indonesia and 11 men from India.”
They were all victims of worker exploitation and they’ve receive pay cuts, trapped in dormitories, and were constantly threatened by employers.
Fadil Marsus says that the investigations found that the employer failed to pay the migrant workers the promised salary of RM1,500 and they only received a payment of RM10 a day.
Furthermore, they were also trapped in their dorms after working hours, were made to work for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. They were also banned from using handphones even after working hours and would have to seek permission from the employer if they’d like to use a phone.
In addition, the victims would be beaten up if they try to run away or eat anything other than the rationed food. If they take food with side dishes, their salary would be deducted.
Even the living spaces prepared for the workers were not in accordance with Act 446.
PDRM had arrested the employers as well as managers of the premise. As reported by Utusan, PDRM have confiscated 40 passports, 2 handphones, a BMW car, and RM3,858 in cash believed to be earnings from their business.
The case is being investigated according to Section 13 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959 and 1963, as well as Section 12(1)(f) of the Passport Act 1966.