The Times Square building on Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Street where a fire killed six people. – Photo The Star Viet Nam News IPOH – Two Vietnamese girls were among the six victims who died in a fire on Wednesday morning at an entertainment centre in Ipoh, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Perak, The Star reported. According to Perak Fire and Rescue Department, the fire occurred on the fourth floor of the Times Square building. The bodies were recovered from a karaoke room, a toilet and an emergency exit. They are believed to have died from smoke inhalation. The two Vietnamese girls have been identified as Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Dương, 21, and Nguyễn Thị Trang, 19. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. – VNS
By Nguyen Quy  February 6, 2019 | 08:56 pm GMT+7 One Vietnamese worker was killed in the cargo warehouse blaze in Taoyuan City on Wednesday morning. Photo by Shutterstocks/Toa55 A Vietnamese worker has died, another seriously injured and two others declared missing after a warehouse fire in Taiwan. The fire raged Wednesday through the second floor of the cargo warehouse belonging to Kerry Logistics Company, in Guanyin District in western Taoyuan City at around 10 a.m. Some eyewitnesses said they heard an explosion before the blaze, the Central News Agency reported. Hundreds of firefighters were dispatched to the scene and two Vietnamese migrant workers were pulled out, according to the local fire department. A 30-year-old migrant worker was pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital while another worker in his 30s was badly injured. Meanwhile, two other workers, believed to be Vietnamese, remained unaccounted for, and firefighters continue to look for them, the report said. Initial information is that some flammable alcohol was being stored on the second floor might have ignited the blaze, but authorities have not confirmed anything. The disaster follows a string of recent accidents in Taiwanese factories, raising questions about safety standards in Taiwan. In April last year, seven people, five firefighters and two workers from Thailand, lost their lives in an electronics factory fire in northern Taiwan.
Fishing boat catches fire in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea on January 17 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Seoul (VNA) – One Vietnamese worker was killed, while another was wounded while working on a fishing vessel which caught fire off the coast the Republic of Korea (RoK) on January 17. After the fire was extinguished, the body of the deceased Vietnamese worker was found. He was Hoang Van Thang, born in 1996 in Quang Binh province. Meanwhile, Ho Van Hieu, born in 1979 also in the central province, suffered several burns and was rushed to hospital. The incident occurred off the coast of Yeosu city in the RoK’s South Jeolla province, according to the Vietnamese labour management office in the RoK. The 85-tonne ship, with 12 crew members on board, was engulfed in flames at 8:25am (local time) in an area 6.4km northeast of Oenaro island, which is 330km south of Seoul. One Chinese worker went missing, while the remaining members were rescued. The labour management office will join hands with the Embassy of Vietnam in the RoK and relevant local agencies to work on procedures and documents on the incident. The RoK Coast Guard is searching for the missing worker and looking into the cause of the blaze. –VNA
LIVE TEST AFF The first leg between Vietnam and Malaysia is played at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Malaysia; and the second leg on December 15 at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. It’s been 10 years since the last time Vietnam won the AFF Cup. Malaysia won the trophy in 2010.
Kim Dae Gun, South Korean director of the Cho Won Textile Company in the southern Dong Nai Province, went abroad on a business trip with his manager on October 22. They have not returned yet. Many workers of the company have tried to contact the director in vain, and filed a complaint with provincial authorities, media reports said. Initial investigations show that the workers haven’t received their salaries for the past two months. How much the company owes its employees in total is not yet known. According to the Dong Nai Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the company still owes VND120 million ($5,150) in social insurance contributions and VND23 billion to local banks. Police are investigating the incident, which is only the latest of many such that have occurred in the country. Earlier this year, more than 1,900 workers at Texwell Vina Company in the province were left jobless after their South Korean director and 11 managers left Vietnam, owing them VND31 billion ($1.37 million) in salaries and social insurance contributions. The crisis made headlines after the workers gathered outside the factory for days to demand their pay. The protest prompted authorities to fork out VND7 billion ($308,000) to help the workers celebrate the Lunar New Year in mid-February. Vietnamese workers abandoned following disappearance of South Korean boss In January, more than 600 workers at a garment firm in the neighboring Saigon staged a strike for more than a week to demand their wages after their South Korean employer… [Read full story]