On 17 April 2021, a construction worker from Pakistan was found dead at a site along Jalan Ampang. It is believed that he had taken his own life after he was frustrated that the company he worked for allegedly failed to pay his salary for five months.
Before his death, the victim, identified as Shahzad Ahmed, 30, posted a video on TikTok, saying that he could no longer take it after his employer did not pay his salary.
“I want to do a video, my boss has not paid my salary for five months… I cannot take it anymore… My friend, please find my boss,” he was heard saying. Ahmed also mentioned another video he did which had details of his employer.
According to Malaysiakini, Wangsa Maju police chief Ashari Abu Samah said investigations found that the company couldn’t pay the deceased his salary from December 2020 to April 2021 due to financial problems.
“Based on the investigations, the company had financial problems as it was affected by the movement control order (MCO). It had offered to pay him an advance but the deceased refused as he wanted his salaries to be fully paid,” he said.
The deceased had worked in Malaysia since 2019 and has no relative here. One of his co-workers alleged that Ahmed had a family dispute back in Pakistan and felt pressured to send money back home, Ashari said.
The deceased’s employer, Landseal Sdn Bhd CEO Radha Krishnan told Malaysiakini that the company will bear the costs to send his remains to Pakistan and provide a goodwill payment to Ahmed’s family.