July 16, 2009: Reports of a worker being beaten about the head by a supervisor have prompted the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) to tackle a new case in Malaysia. The alleged beating took place at Eko Metal Industries, where over 100 workers are currently on strike to protest this brutality.
CAMSA staff members were alarmed to hear that the worker was beaten to the extent that he received severe injuries, such that he was bleeding from the head and one ear, and was subsequently admitted to the hospital for three days.
The case was reported to the police and an investigation is under way; charges are expected soon in a criminal court.
CAMSA staff members and their allies in the local human rights organization Tenaganita are closely monitoring the case in order to lend assistance where possible.