November 14, 2008: Malaysia is the scene of yet another case of Vietnamese guest workers caught between a rock and a hard place.
In November of 2006, the Sebong Rubber Company in the Johor area of Malaysia recruited 26 workers from the northern region of Vietnam. The company paid the workers an average monthly wage of only US$134, as opposed to the promised US$210. Life became harder and harder for the workers. Worse, the workers faced violence and burglary, for on October 8, four young Vietnamese arrived at the company, killed the guard, ransacked the company office, and stole the money, cell phones, and bank cards of the workers from their living quarters.
The goodwill embassy established by the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) and its local partner Tenaganita are investigating this case to see what can be done to aid these workers, and more details will be coming on this blog as they arrive and are translated.