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Save Indians in Malaysian camps: Forum

A Malaysian-based organisation has urged the Centre to take steps for rescuing about 300 Indian migrant labourers languishing in camps in that country on charges of working without valid work permits.

Published: 16th September 2013 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2013 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

A Malaysian-based organisation has urged the Centre to take steps for rescuing about 300 Indian migrant labourers languishing in camps in that country on charges of working without valid work permits.

Briefing mediapersons here on Sunday, T Kamalanathan, president of Malaysian Global Rescue Humanity said, the Indian immigrants, of which majority were from Tamil Nadu, are unable to move out from these camps due to lack of passports and air tickets.

“The victims were lured by spurious travel agents from India to Malaysia by promises of better salary package. But, several among them are being sent to Malaysia through tourist visas, which do not permit visitors to work in Malaysia,” he alleged. In many cases, the agents seize passports from workers, after reaching Malaysia, he claimed.

In such a scenario, he said, they become illegal immigrants and end up in camps, to where they are lodged for working in Malaysia without necessary documents.

“They do not have money for buying flight tickets to reach India and continue to languish in camps even after completing their sentence. Henceforth, the Indian Government should hold talks with the Government of Malaysia to facilitate their departure to India,” he said.



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