Malaysia fights against rights for foreign workers

Malaysia continued to play the primary role in thwarting Asean’s efforts to negotiate a legally binding Asean instrument for the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers.
Human Rights Watch
World Report 2012

I woke up at 5am, cleaned the house and made breakfast for the children and worked all day. I went to sleep at 3am. I never got a chance to rest… The wife of the employer shouted and beat me every day… The employer had my passport. The door was locked. I was not allowed to go out or even talk to the neighbours. I never received my salary.
Chain Channi
Cambodian domestic worker
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 12, 2011
quoted in Human Rights Watch World Report 2012


Singapore and Malaysia were two of the nine countries that did not vote in favour of new standards for migrant workers under the United Nations Migrant Workers Convention in June which won overwhelming support: 396 delegates (of governments, workers, and employers) voted yes, 16 against, and 63 abstained. Swaziland was the only government against.
    Countries initially hostile changed their positions as they heard evidence of abuses against domestic workers: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, along with Bangladesh, Indonesia and India, reversed their opposition and voted in favour.
Human Rights Watch
World Report 2012
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