Four mi­grants found dead in Malaysia

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

FOUR Myan­mar cit­i­zens work­ing at a con­struc­tion site in north­ern Malaysia were killed by a group of masked at­tack­ers on Oc­to­ber 25, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial at the Myan­mar em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur.

U Tin Win Aung, a sec­re­tary at the Myan­mar em­bassy in Malaysia, yes­ter­day said of­fi­cials learned of the case through a po­lice re­port.

“We as­sumed they were Myan­mar cit­i­zens be­cause they pos­sessed Myan­mar pass­ports,” he said of the vic­tims.

The four work­ers were em­ployed at a Kota Bharu City con­struc­tion site do­ing elec­tric wiring, ac­cord­ing to U Tin Win Aung.

He said he was un­able to re­veal the iden­ti­ties of the de­ceased work­ers yes­ter­day.

Ke­lan­tan po­lice chief Datuk Dr Ab Rah­man Is­mail told Malaysia’s Sun Daily news­pa­per that the work­ers had re­port­edly been ab­ducted at the con­struc­tion site by a group of masked men.

The bod­ies of the Myan­mar work­ers were dis­cov­ered buried by un­der­growth in Ba­chok on Oc­to­ber 30. The vic­tims, who were in their 20s and 30s, had been stabbed to death. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice chief, the mur­ders may have been linked to vi­o­lence oc­cur­ring in Rakhine State.

U Thiha Maung Maung, a Myan­mar mi­grant rights ac­tivist and a leader of the Sitagu Sayadaw’s sup­port group in Malaysia, told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that few mi­grant work­ers are em­ployed in the re­mote area where the bod­ies were found.

“I as­sume that the mur­der case was re­lated to per­sonal prob­lems be­tween the Myan­mar mi­grants and the at­tack­ers,” he said.

Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers have spo­rad­i­cally been the vic­tims of vi­o­lent at­tacks in Malaysia, in­clud­ing in July this year, when a group of mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers killed three Myan­mar work­ers at Pe­nang in a botched rob­bery.

There are an es­ti­mated 500,000 to 700,000 Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers liv­ing in Malaysia, most of them with­out le­gal doc­u­ments.

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