The deaths of thousands of migrant workers in recent years bring Malaysia's safety standards into question.
101 East Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 09:09
|Thousands of foreign workers have died in Malaysia in recent years from accidents, illnesses and suicide. They work in so-called '3D' conditions - dirty, dangerous and difficult.|
Critics say the death rate is a result of slack safety standards, poor housing conditions and weak enforcement of laws to protect them. Last year, more than 1,000 foreign workers died from accidents, illnesses and suicide.
Most of the migrant workers come from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal.
Desperate to repay debts from the high recruitment agency fees and under financial pressure from their families back home, migrant workers are vulnerable to exploitation. Many suffer non-payment of wages, abuse, serious injuries and even death.