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14 Jan 2021

G. Vinod, Focus Malaysia

Brightway says it will improve migrant workers' accommodation but denies allegations of inadequate, cramped living conditions

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"Brightway: Workers’ welfare our priority, unfairly targetted by certain quarters", 14 January 2021

... “We do not dispute that the hostels at Laglove (M) Sdn Bhd had some congestion but this has come about due to the COVID-19 situation where the workers were previously housed at ‘hotspots’ and they had requested that we move them to the hostel close to our factory. “They are able to access all the amenities provided for their needs. Prior to this, they were housed at 10 units of shop lot hostels, situated at areas where the COVID-19 cases were rising,” Brightway Group of Companies group managing director G Baskaran told FocusM...

Baskaran said his team would offer its fullest cooperation to JTKSM with regard to their probe.

However, he categorically denied allegations that his 750 migrant workers were cramped into three stacked containers, adding that the total number of workers at its Laglove factory is only 475 and the so called “containers” was in fact a three-storey building used as workers’ quarters.

“We have embarked to improve our workers living conditions to meet the requirements of Act 446 but was frustrated by COVID-19 restrictions. “Despite these restrictions, we... finally found a piece of land to build hostels as per Government regulations... We... hope to have the hostels ready with all amenities within a year or so, depending on the approval from the various authorities,”...

Baskaran said he had updated the actual scenario to their customers, and found them to be sympathetic to their situation... “Hence press reports that ‘stern warning’ has been issued to us is an overkill and we will reconsider supplying our products to companies going about issuing such comments, especially when no assistance or any consideration on their part has been extended to assist us along the way to resolve the issues at hand,”...