The Guardian | 8 November 2018

Two years after migrants working for global electronics firms in Malaysia complained of labour abuses, change seems slow.

Every day, the men who live here work on factory lines making components used by Samsung Electronics, one of the biggest electronics companies in the world. Last year, Samsung made a profit of almost $50bn (£38bn).

In Malaysia that money is made largely by the hands of cheap foreign migrant labour – millions of workers drawn from the region’s poorest countries.

Malaysia, where forced labour – a form of modern slavery – is commonplace, has a reputation for the flagrant abuse of workers rights.

But that hasn’t stopped Samsung, and dozens of other leading electronics companies, from setting up shop here.



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