Monday, November 8, 2010

Nepali workers in Malaysia dying of overwork (

Nepali workers in Malaysia dying of overwork
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 16:48

The number of Nepali migrant workers dying due to overwork in Malaysia has grown significantly in recent times.

Overworking for more money is attributed to the increased number of deaths of the workers in Malaysia, where the concentration of Nepali labourers is highest compared to other labour destinations.

The death occurrences during the first six months of 2010 are higher than that of the corresponding period of last year.

Till the month of June this year, 55 Nepali workers lost their lives due to overwork while the same number was 51 in the corresponding period of 2009.

Previously, industrial accidents and chronic ailments used to be the prime causes behind the death of Nepali workers in Malaysia.

However, in the recent period, the problem of excessive work has resulted in the death of such labourers.

The labourers in Malaysia are found to have worked for an excruciating period - from 16 to 18 hours a day- without taking weekly or any other form of leave.

Generally, eight hours is the standard working time length in Malaysia. However, the workers can work up to any hours as per their wishes.

Since the workers get double salary for working in public holidays, more Nepali workers are tempted to make extra bucks without taking necessary physical rest. -

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