Suhakam demands immediate payout for Penang landslide victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Penang government and the developer of a construction site hit by a deadly landslide must directly compensate the families of workers killed, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

The commission also expressed bafflement over Penang authorities’ decision to approve the project despite the rejection by the Department of Environment (DoE) due to its proximity to an active quarry.

Suhakam further noted that such sites were often worked by migrant labourers vulnerable to exploitation, and said the group was also customarily afforded little to no protection despite the hazardous nature of their work. Read more