PETALING JAYA - Pent-up frustrations among foreign workers could boil over into acts of group violence such as rioting, say criminologists.
Assoc Prof Dr P. Sundramoorthy of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said such frustrations could be due to harsh working conditions and low salaries, feelings of alienation, or a combination of these and other issues.
"All it takes is something to trigger the violence. In the case of the riot in Singapore's Little India enclave, the trigger appeared to be when one foreign worker was hit by a bus.
"This prompted the others to riot because they felt that they needed to 'go to the aid' of their colleague," Dr Sundramoorthy said.