Malaysia accused over migrant abuse
The Malaysian government must act urgently to combat widespread abuse of migrant workers and reform labour laws to give them better protection, Amnesty International has said. In a report released by the human rights group on Wednesday, it said many of the foreigners working in Malaysia are forced to work long hours in harsh conditions and are subject to verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Conditions in many cases amounted to little short of “bonded labour”, Amnesty said. “This report documents the widespread nature of exploitation in Malaysia… in every sector of employment,” Michael Bochenek, Amnesty’s director of policy, told reporters at a press conference in Malaysia marking the release of the report.