Unfairly Treated Life-saver
I am a typical Malaysia student. I do part time job whenever i free. There are some times i come across with some jobs which have to work together with foreign worker. Same as majority of Malaysian out there, i never have positive impression towards these workers. Until one time i work as a technical crew for a Malaysia artist’s concert, i come across with an incident which change my perspective looking at these foreign worker.
2 hours before the concert, i am working together with some foreign worker to set up the confetti machine. While i am installing the conducting pipe from carbon dioxide tank to the machines, i did not realise there are some cracks at the head of the tank. When i thought i finished the installation, i turn around and plan to leave the site. However a foreign worker beside me hear some cracking sound and immediately cover me from behind and hold me down low. At the same time the carbon dioxide gas stream burst out rapidly from the cracked part and nearly hit him. After all, it would have hit me if he didn’t cover me down!
After the incident, i have a conversation with the foreign worker while thank him for saving me from hurt. His name is Ban, from Bangladesh. He is a long term worker for the event company. After some short introduction, he start to tell me some unfair treat he experienced in the company. He receiving a very low salary range from 1200 to 1500 MYR every month. When the company having event for set up, he has to go help. But everytime the foreign workers is not given lunch while other non-foreign worker company staff can have lunch “tapao” by their boss. They not dare to speak a word on this but try to hold the hungry till dinner time. Despite of low wage, they are not getting proper treat as employees. My sympathy towards them start to come out from my feeling.
What i trying to say is foreign worker is human too anyway. Not all foreign worker commit crime, not all of them are bad, it is just some of them create bad images covering all foreign worker. This story of Ban who are willing to sacrifice himself to save somebody else prove the above statement. Here is my little voice hoping to reach out to the employers to take care of the rights of these foreign worker.
Hong Ming Lee