Wednesday, 21 February 2018

World News

Indonesian Maid Murder:  Woman, Brother Arrested In Malaysia

 woman and her brother have been arrested over the death of a young Indonesian maid who was allegedly abused in Malaysia, police said Monday.

Malaysia is a magnet for migrant workers but salaries are low and employees are not protected by labour laws.

In recent years the country has seen a series of cases involving mistreatment of domestic workers including deaths.

Police identified the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working for two years in Malaysia.

Her head and face were swollen and she had wounds to her hand and legs, a police document said.

They both in their 30s are being probed following the death in northern Penang state, local police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid told AFP.

Adelina died on Sunday in hospital a day after she was rescued by a migrant workers’ protection group, local reports stated.

In 2014, a Malaysian couple were sentenced to death by hanging for starving their Indonesian maid to death.

Two years earlier a Cambodian maid was starved to death by her employers, who received a 24-year jail sentence.

Malaysia relies on an estimated two million Indonesians who toil in plantations, in construction, in factories and in homes both legitimately and illegitimately.

Malaysia has taken some steps to improve the welfare of domestic workers, including requiring them to have at least one day off a week and increasing minimum monthly salaries to 700 ringgit ($176), although activists claim enforcement is quite difficult.