Hillside collapse: Tragedy of modern day slavery

October 13, 2017

The collapse of the hillside at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah, Penang  killed at least eleven workers, ten of whom were not Malaysian. The collapse not only raised many issues about planning permissions, the rampant hill cutting in Penang, and the environmental consequences of an apparently out of control development of our island, but crucially should remind us of the how the construction industry operates with regard to labour. Ten of the workers who died were migrant workers, including one Rohingya refugee. It is unclear how many were undocumented, meaning casually employed, meaning not subject to official employment practices, health and safety coverage, and/or workplace insurance,  meaning covered by compensation schemes. But all this is being glossed over; the construction industry is so heavily dependent on migrant workers, and so important to Penang. Any concerns about standards, exploitation, and modern day slavery will throw the industry into confusion and no doubt get them pointing fingers at critics with accusations of raising costs and putting people out of work! We should also add that many workers at the site on that day suggested many more died, but we will never know.


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