42 arrested after Johor factory riot

42 arrested after Johor factory riot
IN FLAMES: The riot sparked fires at the electronics factory.

Police have arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers who sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics factory in Johor.

The riot broke out on Tuesday at a factory run by JCY International, a Malaysian firm that makes parts for electronic giants including Samsung, Hitachi and Western Digital, Reuters reported.

Workers had accused the firm of negligence after an employee at a nearby JCY factory died last Thursday after complaining of chest pains.

The unrest spilled over to the firm's other factory in Kulaijaya, police said, culminating in a stand-off between riot police and protesters. The factory suspended operations yesterday.

"This was caused by a misunderstanding between the employer and employees over the terms of their work," the district's deputy police chief Mohad Idris Samsuri, told Reuters.

This article was first published on August 28, 2014.
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