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Workers in abuse claim

Kuala Lumpur, Dec. 25 (AFP): More than 200 Bangladeshi migrant workers, who claim that their employers have abused them, sought refuge outside their country’s embassy in Malaysia, an envoy said.

The Bangladesh high commission has turned a section of its mission into a temporary shelter for some of the 225 workers. However, most of them have been living on the pavement since earlier this month due to a lack of space inside the mission.

“Out of sympathy, we have provided them a place to stay but we can only accommodate so much,” a senior Bangladeshi envoy told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“We are trying our best to get the workers and employers to reach a consensus, but it’s difficult because both sides have different views on the matter,” he added.

The envoy said there were about 350,000 bangladesh workers in Malaysia.

As Christians celebrated Christmas, a charity group provided some chicken curry with rice for the hungry and pale-looking Muslim migrant workers.

Many of them have paid thousands of dollars to agents to find them work in Malaysia where they hoped to make their fortunes.

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