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Burmese Workers in Malaysia Hide After Fight

27 December 2013

Almost 100 Burmese migrant workers employed at a shipyard in Miri, in Malaysia’s Borneo island, have been hiding in a warehouse after some Burmese workers clashed with Indonesian laborers, Democratic Voice of Burma reports. On Dec. 23, two Burmese fought with Indonesian workers and subsequently hundreds of Indonesian workers reportedly burned down the dormitory of the Burmese employees. Tin Oo said he and 97 Burmese had since locked themselves in a warehouse to be safe from attacks. “The shipyard foremen and security guards threatened us but we defied them and will stay here in the meantime,” he said.