Malaysia police to look into claim ATA whistleblower beaten by police
27 November 2021
Malaysian police said [...] it will look into a claim a factory worker of Dyson supplier ATA IMS Bhd (ATAI.KL) was beaten at its station but that it had not received any formal complaints.
Dhan Kumar Limbu, a former ATA worker, told Reuters [...] that ATA officials took him to a police station in June, where he was questioned about sharing information about conditions at the factory with activists and then beaten by police.
The police department in the southern Johor state, where ATA's factory is located, said it has not received any reports on the matter.
"Johor police takes note of the issue that was reported and will conduct an investigation if what was reported exists," it said in a statement on Facebook.
ATA said [...] it had appointed consultants to review findings of forced labour in an audit summary it received from Dyson and claims of physical abuse raised by a former worker.
The manufacturer said it had hired a law firm in Malaysia to conduct an independent review of the allegations of physical abuse by the former worker, and a detailed report would be finalised soon.