Sunday, May 06, 2007

Migrant Murder in Malaysia

A Malaysian family brutalized R. Ganesh (28), an Indian migrant worker.

Mr. Ganesh worked for them for 8 months. During this period they kept him chained, starved him, beat him daily, and made him work from 8am till midnight everyday.

Mr. Ganesh, who is from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, was abandoned and left for dead by his employers. A group of villagers in northern Malaysia found him close to death
and took him to a hospital where he died on April 27.

Before dying he said of his employers: "They hit me with sticks, rubber hose and iron rods. I was also deprived of food and water. They chained my hands and legs before locking me up in a dark room in their house every night."

Al Jazeera reports that Mr. Ganesh's employers, Mr. T Rajan, his wife Mrs. M. Ganeswari, and their son, have been charged with causing the death of a migrant worker.

Though Malaysian authorities beleive this case to be the "worst" in recent times, the accused only "face a maximum of two years in prison" if found guilty.

Huhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! What the hell??? What kind of justice is that?

Is migrant life just about worthless in Malaysia? Is the issue of caste discrimination also a part of this murder?

"Who speaks for the subaltern" migrant worker in Malaysia?

And where is the noise? Do tell!

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