A migrant worker in a restaurant in Petaling Jaya claims he was not allowed to return to India to visit his sick mother and was later stopped from going to her funeral, Makkal Osai reported.
Abbas Abu Bakar wanted to return to Tamil Nadu when his mother fell sick in March. But the owner of the restaurant refused to let him leave the country. After Abbas made a police report, the owner promised to send him back in 10 days but never did.
When the mother died on May 10, the worker requested the return of his passport, but the owner responded by slapping him, the worker claimed.
Malaysia Global Rescue Humanity president T. Kamalanathan who was contacted by Abbas said the owner had promised to return the worker's passport and send him back to Tamil Nadu but failed to do so.
The restaurant owner is suspected to have employed Abbas illegally as his permit is for plantation work. Abbas also claims that the owner owed more than RM2,000 (S$720) in wages.