Last night, as I passed along Jalan Kelawai/Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah heading towards George Town, I noticed a group of foreigners in shorts and rolled up sarongs crouching along the main road.
A closer look revealed a about three or four men taking water from some small piping at the side of the main road. What were they doing I wondered. They were squatting and pouring water over themselves about five feet from the edge of the road – in semi-darkness, but still clearly visible to passing motorists.
Further away from the road, a glitzy and glittering multi-storey office or residential complex had just been completed – still not yet occupied.
Another multi-million ringgit project no doubt, and next to it, foreigners having a bath along the roadside?
Who were they? Were they construction workers without bathroom facilities? If so, why aren’t their employers, who are probably reaping mega bucks, providing them with such basic amenities?
This is not the only instance. Some months earlier, a couple of residents of Tanjung Bunga told me of construction workers similarly having their bath at the roadside.
Is this how some of our local employers, who are making fat profits off property development projects, treat their foreign workers? Disgraceful.
Have you seen anything like this in your area?