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100 Nepali workers stopped from holding protest over minimum wage

17 March 2013

MUAR: About 100 workers from Nepal were arrested after information was received that they were planning to hold an illegal protest to demand for their wages.

Police detained the workers at several places in town while others were picked up at roadblocks here Sunday.

It was believed that the workers were upset that they had yet to receive their minimum wage for foreign labour.

Muar police chief Asst Comm Mohammed Nasir Ramli said that the workers had planned to gather at several spots in the town to protest against their employers.

"We had to stop them before they gathered as they could have started a riot. Teams of policemen were deployed in town to stop their protest," he said at a gathering with villagers in Kampung Kelantan here.

He added that there were about 5,000 Nepalese workers in Muar.

A check at the Jalan Maharani bus terminal Sunday showed it was almost empty of foreign workers except for a few Indonesian and Bangladeshi workers.

All the detained workers were released later Sunday.

Article source: The Star Online, 17/3/2013