Vietnamese-Bangladeshi workers clash in Malaysia

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Vietnam's Department of Overseas Labor on Friday confirmed a clash between Bangladeshi and Vietnamese workers in Malaysia on June 7 that injured dozens of workers on both sides.

Dao Cong Hai, the agency director, said that Vietnamese labor firms had sent their officials to Malaysia to assure the workers about safety measures being taken by Malaysian authorities.

The incident happened on Tuesday when some 200 Bangladeshi workers entered a dormitory of Vietnamese workers of Recron Textile Company in Kedah State's Taman Semarak to attack them and damage their properties.

Vietnam's Department of Overseas Labor on Friday confirmed a clash between Bangladeshi and Vietnamese workers in Malaysia on June 7 that injured dozens of workers on both sides.

Dao Cong Hai, the agency director, said that Vietnamese labor firms had sent their officials to Malaysia to assure the workers about safety measures being taken by Malaysian authorities.

The incident happened on Tuesday when some 200 Bangladeshi workers entered a dormitory of Vietnamese workers of Recron Textile Company in Kedah State's Taman Semarak to attack them and damage their properties.

According to Nguyen Tien San, head of the Agency for Vietnamese Labor in Malaysia, there have been minor conflicts between Vietnamese and Bangladeshi workers over the past years.

Vietnamese workers have blamed this on unfair treatment by Indian-Malaysian employers who favor Bangladeshi workers.

The conflicts escalated recently with three clashes between workers from the two countries between May 29 and June 6.

On June 6, a Bangladeshi male worker teased a Vietnamese female worker, leading to a minor fight. A day later, some 200 Bangladeshi workers attacked the dorm and 30 workers were injured, including 10 Vietnamese, San said.

Hundreds of police were mobilized to the site soon later to disperse the workers.

San said his agency had requested Malaysian authorities to enforce safety measures to protect Vietnamese workers at the dorm and investigate individuals who started the fight.

A Bangladeshi labor agency has also warned its workers and said some of them will be sent back home soon.

Around 1,700 Vietnamese workers are working at the Recron factory in Kedah, some 60 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur.

In other news involving overseas labor, the Department of Overseas Labor on June 6 requested the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia to verify accusations that some unlicensed companies had recruited Vietnamese workers recently.

The department said many unlicensed companies in Russia have been closed by local authorities rendering many Vietnamese workers jobless. The department has also met with Vietnamese labor firms to discuss solutions to the issue.

A total of 36 Vietnamese labor firms are licensed to send workers to Russia, and 2,667 workers have been being sent there since 2008, mostly to work in textile and construction industries.

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