Monday, 21 February 2011 10:55am
Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn Bhd’s threat to bring a RM10 million defamation lawsuit against Charles Hector, a Member of the Malaysian Bar, is a deplorable and coercive act. The Japanese-owned Malaysian company has demanded this sum over a blog article by Charles Hector in which the latter alleges that, in response to grievances raised by 31 of their workers from Myanmar, the company threatened the workers with termination of employment and possible deportation back to Myanmar. The complaints ranged, it was alleged, from non-payment of agreed wages, unlawful deductions, and monetary penalties for absences from work.
The case also brings to light the practice, permitted by the Immigration Department and the Ministry of Human Resources, of allowing selected companies who have no labour operations themselves to nonetheless recruit foreign workers from overseas, and then to outsource these workers to third parties for a fee.