Workers go on rampage-Miri

Today Star…

Saturday September 13, 2008
Labourers go on rampage
BY STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: More than 200 foreign workers went on a rampage at a timber-processing factory near the Sarawak-Brunei border after they were stopped from entering the womens quarters by security guards.

The men, mostly foreign nationals, pulled down their quarters and threatened to burn the office buildings during the incident late on Thursday night.

Under arrest: Policemen escorting the foreign workers to the lock-up after they went on a rampage at a timber-processing factory near the Brunei border on Thursday night.

Miri police have arrested 29 foreign contract labourers. Sources said before the incident, some of the workers had tried to force their way into a section of the factory where the womens quarters was located.

The companys security guards stopped these workers from entering the womens section.

But the male workers tried to force their way inside despite being barred by the guards.

A quarrel ensued between the guards and the workers, who ran riot in the factory, the source said.

The factory management called the police, who brought the situation under control.

Miri police chief Asst Comm Jamaluddin Ibrahim said the arrested workers would be charged with rioting.

The arrested workers have been remanded for four days.

The factory is located 40km north of Miri City.

It belongs to a giant private consortium involved in the timber industry, housing construction, oil-palm plantations and heavy industrial projects.

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can such disturbance on private property be considered “rioting”…?

[quote=“Bones”]…
It belongs to a giant private consortium involved in the timber industry, housing construction, oil-palm plantations and heavy industrial projects.
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er… is this sy’s factory…? :wink:

why the paper(s) cannot name the company…? it’s not the company/factory’s fault right…?

or is it a case of “no publicity is good publicity”?