Pent-up anger explodes

by Yunus Yussop, Posted on July 17, 2012, Tuesday

I’M LISTENING: The presence of Tiong at the workers camp soon after the incident attracted thousands of workers who took the chance to express their unhappiness on various issues.

BINTULU: Simmering discontent among local and Indonesian workers over poor working and living conditions and preferential treatment given to workers from China exploded into violence at a Samalaju Industrial Estate (SIE) workers camp here on Sunday evening.

The brawl started around 5pm at the main entrance of the workers camp which could accommodate more than 4,000 workers when the angry workers set upon Chinese workers leaving 11 of them and one local worker injured.

The attacks quickly spread to other parts of the camp and by the time the police arrived around 7pm all the attackers had fled the scene.

Five of the wounded were rushed to the hospital here with one suffering serious internal injuries.

When contacted the police chief here, Superintendent Madang Usat, said the police were still identifying the attackers, their motive and the cause of the incident.

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