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Myanmar to rescue migrant worker from gang in Malaysia

Myanmar Times, Malaysia, 18 June 2019 - The Myanmar embassy in Malaysia will try to rescue a Myanmar migrant worker who is allegedly being held and tortured by a gang in Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Malaysia, embassy officials said on Monday.

A video clip posted on social media last week purports to show a Myanmar national being tortured by men while tied up.

“We are enquiring into this case and trying to locate him,” said U Aung Zaw Min, labour attaché at the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the embassy and a Myanmar migrant rights group in Malaysia, the 19-year-old Myanmar national got a job on a farm in Cameron Highlands with the help of a Myanmar job broker. After working on the farm for about six months to pay the broker’s fee, he was detained after he tried to change jobs.

“The broker hired a Myanmar gang to torture the boy when he tried to leave his job,” U Aung Zaw Min said.

“We want to rescue the boy,” he said. However, the embassy had not asked for help from the Malaysian police as of Monday.

The video clip purportedly shows the victim being cut with a small curved knife normally used to cut banana trees by a man believed to be a Myanmar national and hit in the head by another man with pliers. The boy is heard shouting an apology and pleading with them not to torture him in the Myanmar language.

“We reached the area yesterday (Sunday) to search for the boy, but we haven’t got any more information as it is a remote area,” said U San Win, chair of the Kathpone Free Funeral Service Society of Kuala Lumpur, which works with the Myanmar embassy to help Myanmar migrants in Malaysia.

More than 4000 Myanmar workers leave for Malaysia every month to look for jobs, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, but that number rose to 8000 last month.

Hundreds of other Myanmar workers are illegally sent through Thailand to Malaysia each month by job brokers and human traffickers.

In the past two weeks, more than 80 Myanmar workers were arrested by Thai police while waiting on the border to sneak into Malaysia.

Source: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-rescue-migrant-worker-gang-malaysia.html

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