A mobile video of a Nepali security guard in Malaysia getting beaten up by his supervisor with a truncheon has gone viral in social media, causing outrage in Nepal and its migrant worker community in Malaysia.
The video was posted on a Facebook Page called Sq Soul7 on 7 July, and shows the Nepali guard not saying anything while he is being repeatedly bludgeoned in what looks like a parking lot of an apartment block. The bystander taking the video is overheard asking the supervisor to stop, but the man is mercilessly attacked.
On Friday, the Nepal Embassy in Kuala Lumpur filed a police complaint. It has also appealed the public on social media to share any additional information they have.
Separately, the rights group Persatuan Industri Keselamatan Malaysia (PIKM) also filed complaints with the police to ensure that the perpetrator is punished. The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has also called for the supervisor to be brought to justice.
Details about the perpetrator and the Nepali migrant are yet to be released. There are no details about why the Nepali was being beaten, which many commentators on social media have said is moot because nothing justifies a worker getting beaten up defenselessly.
As he beats the Nepali, the supervisor is heard saying in Bahasa Melayu: “I’m being nice to you and what do I get in return? You think you’re some big shot? What’s your problem?”
The Nepali security guard suffers silently throughout the beating, and squirming with pain.
Santosh Sapkota, Malaysia returnee now in Banepa has identified the supervisor as an Indian Malaysian named ‘Mannu’ who worked at Allied Security. Sapkota said he had also been abused by the man.
“He has beaten many people, and I had filed a complaint at the Nepal Embassy back then. I returned five months earlier than planned after spending nearly four years in Malaysia because I could no longer take the abuse.”
Sapkota said he is not sure if ‘Mannu’ still works at the same Allied Security or if he had been transferred. He added: “You did not need any reason to be physically or verbally abused by him. Punishing this employer would send a positive signal to other employers in the industry as well. It would make things easier for other migrants.”