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Dissatisfied over low pay 78 Indian workers return from Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Thu, 10 Sep 2009 ANI

Kuala Lumpur, Sep 10 (ANI): Seventy-Eight Indian nationals who sought refuge in the Batu Caves temple last month have been flown back home by the Indian High Commission.


Commission chief secretary Sudhir Kumar Melotra told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that the 78 were sent back to India in batches from August 28, the Malaysia Nanban reported.


He said they were brought in from India to work in Kota Tinggi in Johor, but wanted to return home after being given simpler work with lower pay due to their inexperience at skilled jobs.


The Commission paid RM5,000 to cover their food expenses at the temple and another RM600,000 for the workers' return journey to India, he said.


Melotra said the commission was always concerned about the welfare of the 150,000 Indian workers in this country.


He said meetings with officers of the Human Resources Ministry and relevant employers had been held whenever a problem arose. (ANI)


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