24 Indonesian migrant workers have died in Malaysia

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Malaysia has sent home the remains of 24 migrant workers from West Nusa Tenggara alone since January of this year, an Indonesian migrant worker agency reported on Friday. “The figure includes the remains of a worker arriving at his hometown in East Lombok on Thursday evening,” Syahrum, the head of the West Nusa Tenggara branch of the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI), said in Mataram on Friday.

Syahrum said the worker Jurit, died in a traffic accident in Malaysia. “Of the 24 Indonesian migrant workers that have died in Malaysia, 17 were due to illnesses, two were involved in traffic accidents, two in work accidents and three were the victims of shooting,” Syahrum said.

He added that the large number of migrant workers that died from illnesses might indicate poor health screening by local migrant worker agencies before they were sent to Malaysia. The last three were shot death by Malaysian police last month as they allegedly attempted a robbery. The case has riled Indonesia, especially after accusations that organs were harvested from the three victims, a charge that was dismissed by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.