Indian IT professionals suffer global backlash

12:00AM Tuesday April 01, 2003

By ANITA MATTHEWS

Indian IT professionals have been at the short end of the stick in recent weeks.

On March 9, the Malaysian police, apparently on a routine migrant raid, rounded up 191 IT professionals at a posh condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

The expatriates were allegedly handcuffed and detained, though they had legal work permits, for at least eight hours.

Most of the IT professionals held had been recruited from India to work at Malaysia’s high-tech hub, the Multimedia Super Corridor.

The rough treatment has prompted an exodus: “Some 40 of those who were raided have already left the country. A hundred more booked tickets to leave,” said software engineer Srinivasan Shanthi Muthu.

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