TRUTH !! “We Burmese workers have to take turns standing guard at nights.”Interview of home coming workers

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“We Burmese workers have to take turns standing guard at nights.”
Interview with First Two Workers to Come back from Malaysia
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Myanmar Citizens in Malaysia.မေလးရွားေရာက္ ျမန္မာလူမ်ဳိးမ်ား စုစည္းမႈ႕
Myanmar Citizens in Malaysia.မေလးရွားေရာက္ ျမန္မာလူမ်ဳိးမ်ား စုစည္းမႈ႕

On June 12th, the Voice conducted an interview with the first two Burmese workers to come back from Malaysia at the Yangon International Airport. They were able to return to Myanmar with the help of their employees, whose names could not be mentioned as the workers wished to conceal them.

Voice: In what regions of Malaysia did you work?
Worker (1): I worked in La Wup. It is not very far from Kuala Lumpur, where the violence is going on.
Worker (2): I lived in Malacca. I have been working in Malaysia for two years.

Voice: What are the current problems and difficulties faced by the Burmese in Malaysia?
Worker (1): There is not much unrest near the area we live. But, we are not quite assured about security. When we Burmese workers sleep at night, we have to take turns standing guard. The Burmese living near Kualu Lumpur have to lock three doors in a row. In some places, people came and knocked on the door at nights. If we didn’t open the door, they would use spray to force us to do so. If we came out as we couldn’t stand the fume, they would beat us. There were also robberies.
Worker (2): We have to pay particular attention to security. Although there is no unrest in our neighborhood, I keep hearing news of violence from my friends every day. There was once a case where the person who got killed had been in Malaysia for only a few days. Some events are real while some are rumors. We don’t dare go out even in the afternoon.

Voice: How many people are coming back from Malaysia?
Worker (1): There are a lot actually. But, some overstayers are having difficulties even though they want to come back.
Worker (2): There are a lot of people who want to come back. I also have a lot of overstaying friends who are working. I heard, though, that overstayers could come back as well. I also heard that if they paid the Myanmar embassy 180 ringgits and the Malaysia Immigration 400 ringgits as fines, they would be allowed to return legally.

Voice: Is the violence going on in Kualu Lumpur only? Or are there other areas where the same thing is happening?
Worker (1): There are violent acts, but they are limited to theft and robbery, I heard. However, there are killings in Kuala Lumpur.
Worker (2): I did not witness them but I heard from my friends that there are violent acts in other areas as well.

Voice: MAI is reducing the price of flight tickets by half. What are the prices of the flight tickets you used to come back?
Worker (1): It is the original price, not half price. I bought the ticket through my agent and it cost me 300 ringgits. I heard that supporting organizations from Myanmar would discount the tickets by 50%.
Worker (2): My boss bought the air ticket for me, so I have no idea how much it costs.

Voice: I heard some employers would provide job opportunities for the Burmese workers coming back from Malaysia. Do you have any plan to take those positions?
Worker (1): I actually want to work in those jobs.
Worker (2): I live in Sate Phyu, Magway division. So I’ll see how things go.

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