Three women remanded over labour exploitation of immigrants

Shaarani Ismail

IPOH: The Magistrate’s court today granted a six-day remand order against three women aged between 23 and 54 to facilitate the investigation into their alleged involvement in labour exploitation of foreign workers. The remand order, which starts today, was issued by Magistrate Siti Sala Ja’far. The trio is currently being investigated under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 36 of the Firearms Act 1960. It was reported yesterday that police have rescued 18 foreign workers who have not been paid three months’ of wages at a vegetable processing and packaging factory in Kampung Kepayang here. The foreign workers were alleged to have been forced to work daily from 8am until midnight without off days. During the raid, police also seized a fake rifle, containing white pellets, believed to be bullets. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd