Forced Work Threatens Foreign Workers in Malaysia, These Citizens Are Almost Victims

Sunday, 11 July 2021 – 21:36 WIB

The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) opened a recalibration counter at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to facilitate the processing of documents for Unlicensed Foreign Workers (PATI), including non-procedural workers from Indonesia, for repatriation to Indonesia. Photo: ANTARA Photo/Agus Setiawan

jpnn.com, KUALA LUMPUR – An Indonesian worker has been rescued from possible forced labor after the authorities received a complaint and information from the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on 7 July 2021.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday that the results of the investigation carried out on 7 and 8 July 2021 led to a rescue operation for the victims on 9 July 2021.

“The operation was led by the central Manpower Office (JTK) and JTK Perak with the cooperation of the MAPO Task Force team and Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) officers from the Taiping District Police at 06.30am,” he said.

The victim, a 36-year-old woman, was brought into Malaysia by an agent who promised that she would be employed as a housemaid and promised a salary of RM1,000 (approximately Rp. 3.4 million).

The citizen has been asked to pay as much as three months salary as an administrative fee to the agent after getting the job.

The money has been paid to the agent through a deduction from the victim’s salary in December 2017, January 2018, and February 2018.

“Employers take advantage by manipulating such workers who do not have a valid work permit and are categorized as Unauthorized Foreign Workers (PATI),” the ministry said.

Employers also make the issue of illegal immigrants as a threat to force victims to do various housework with physical and mental stress.


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