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25 Jan 2016

Sonia Awale, Malaysiakini

Malaysia: Nepal Embassy reports alarming rate of “sudden unexpected deaths” among Nepali migrant workers, attributed to harsh working conditions

"A Nepali a day dies working in Malaysia", 23 Jan 2016

…Embassy records show that nearly 3,000 Nepali workers have died in Malaysia in the past 12 years, 166 of them in the five months between July and November last year alone.

For that period, nine Nepali migrant workers on average died every week in Malaysia, according to the embassy.

Most of them died from what health experts call Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS)…

Although research is sparse and autopsies are rarely performed on dead migrants, the high fatality rate is attributed to overwork in hot and humid conditions, excessively air-conditioned living quarters, worry about family back home, as well as stress from exploitation and low pay…

Working conditions in plantations and factories are often harsh, with the dangers of dehydration and inadequate nutrition.