KUANTAN: Police have detained a man who allegedly brought in three Indian nationals for forced labour at an oil palm plantation in Kuala Lipis near here.
Lipis district police chief Azli Mohd Noor said the 36-year-old suspect from Kuala Lipis was picked up yesterday afternoon at an eatery near the plantation.
He said the suspect was also believed to have been abusing the victims, aged between 33 and 48, by hitting them, not feeding them, and ordering them to work overtime and without leave.
“The three men, who are all married, claimed they entered the country, between September 2018 and April this year.
“They used the services of an agent in India to enter the country using a social visit pass. The suspect fetched them from the KL International Airport and brought them to the plantation.
“The victims claimed the suspect had seized their passports and mobile phones as soon as they arrived and placed them at the workers’ quarters.
“They were paid RM600 and then didn’t get any pay at all,” he told reporters here today.
Azli said one of the victims also claimed that his arms were chained and he was beaten for over a month. This caused injuries to his left arm.
Their cases came to light when one of the victims managed to escape and lodged a police report at the Lipis district police headquarters yesterday.
“The victims were rescued and the suspect is being remanded for four days from today,” Azli said.