April 22nd, 2010
09:22 AM ET

Alleged slur sparks violence at Indonesia shipyard

An alleged slur against an Indonesian worker sparked violence including the burning of cars seen here.

An Indian manager's alleged slur toward a Indonesian worker spurred violence at an Indonesian shipyard Thursday, leaving at least nine people injured and 12 cars burned, police said.

The incident took place at a shipyard at Drydocks World in Batam and security personnel deployed to the scene brought the situation under control. Batam is an island and a city near Singapore.

"It started when an Indian manager yelled 'stupid Indonesian' to an Indonesian worker," said national police representative Zainuri Lubis in a text message to CNN.

"Word caught on and it sparked the anger of around 5,000 other workers. They then attacked their employers and destroyed the buildings and cars."

Denis Welch, chief executive of Drydocks World Southeast Asia, said "what happened was criminal and we very much regret that it happened in one of our shipyards. We will work closely with the police and unions to investigate the circumstances and will take appropriate action when we understand the full extent of what happened and why."

Drydocks World Southeast Asia is part of the Dubai World group of companies.

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  1. perdiguero

    The caste system was incorporated into the Hindu religion 4000 years ago. It was brought to India by the Aryan invaders from present day Iran/Afghanistan–the same people who destroyed Mohanjo Daro and the Harappan civilzation.

    In any case, Hindus, and the vast majority of Indians in general, take racism to the next level. Fair-skinned women are a prized possession indeed! The more Dravidian types are not so sought-after. Just look at the skin whitening cream commercials... they're not hiding anything folks!

    I would bet that the average Indian is far more racist than the average Western European, any day of the week! And they have an air of superiority. Who are they kidding????

    April 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rick

    I take the stance that maybe someone should work harder and prove the ,manager wrong. Having a collective tantrum really proves to me that someone , in this case, touched a collective nerve. Mayby they all know that they are poor workers and rather stupid. touchy is immuture. Like when the electricity goes out and some people feel that is is now the time to "go shopping"!

    April 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. C. Stevens

    Steezburg, you have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about.
    The caste system has been around longer than Hinduism which is thousands of years.
    The caste system was used by the Vedas BEFORE Hinduism.
    It is not shameful to be ignorant of a subject, but to speak about what you are ignorant is both shameful and stupid.

    April 25, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. manuelo

    to HPFVC , thanks to involved the chnese into the djscussion, this will definitely remind the rest of the world of the injlustices w/c.occured dome years sgo

    April 25, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. LacrosseSon

    Muslims need to get it through their heads that violence is not the answer when someone insults you or your religion.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    Hi Navindran (post #3),

    There were some instances where Indian nationals living in Australia (particularly Melbourne) were attacked. They were, however, not attacked by white caucasian Australians but by African refugees. A few of the perpetrators caught by the authorities have pointed out that they were teens who had no money, no job and no social standings. They see Indian nationals coming and going sporting iPods, fancy mobile phones, clothes and jewelries and they decided to rob them.

    In one particular instance, an Indian national set fire to his own car (and burning his throwing arm in the process) as to collect insurance money even though he tried to report it to the police as a "Indian racist attack" (as quoted by Indian press and media). The Indian media did not report his arrest and investigation.

    In another case, a boy from a visiting Indian family was found dead and dump near the Melbourne International Airport. The boy's murderer turned out to be the flat mate of the family, an Indian citizen.

    My point is, don't call it racist just because you haven't seen or experience what racism is.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
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