Malaysia’s ambassador to meet Indonesian minister over maid ban


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MO,20/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim will meet the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Minister over a proposal by Indonesia to ban its maids from coming here. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid said he had contacted Zahrain over the matter and had asked the latter to convey four points to the Indonesian minister, Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri.

“The first is that abuse cases which have occurred are isolated; the second is that the Malaysian Government and its enforcement authorities will never protect or cover up any abuse cases, not just involving maids but all foreign workers here. “Third, we ask that the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between both countries which expired in 2016 be updated and that further negotiations must be carried out between both countries.

“Fourth, I asked Zahrain to convey that the commitment of the Malaysian Government to continue working with Indonesia must be accepted with an open heart because we need each other,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, adding that Malaysia hoped to achieve a win-win outcome with Indonesia on the matter. Dr Ahmad Zahid said this at a media conference following the launch of the International Exhibition on National Security for Asia (Natsec) 2018 which will be held here from April 16-19.

The exhibition, which will showcase products and services related to national security, is organised by DSA Exhibition and Conference Sdn Bhd. It is hosted, supported and co-organised by the Home Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police.

–TheStar



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Death of Indonesian maid: Penang police to complete case soon


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MO,13/2/2018, BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police believe they will wrapped up the investigations into the death of an Indonesian maid – allegedly from repated abuse by her local employers – soon. This follows the arrest of a 60-year-old woman and her children, aged 36 and 39 recently. State police chief Datuk A Thaiveegan said police were in the midst of completing the investigation paper in relation to the case.

“Further investigation is ongoing and we have recorded statements from several people, including witnesses, neighbours and the doctor who attended to the maid, Adelina Lisao, 26. “We are still looking for several more witnesses to complete our investigation. For now, there will not be any additional arrest,” he said when met after launching the Ops Selamat 12 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration at the Juru toll plaza here today.

Thaiveegan said police were also waiting for the full post-mortem report to ascertain how long the abuse could have taken place. It was reported that Adelina was rescued by police on Saturday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers. She died at 4.45pm on Sunday while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.

When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, she had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Her plight came to light after a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam member of parliament. The case, which was initially investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, will not be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Outrage following death of Indonesian maid


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MO,12/2/2018, GEORGE TOWN: Civil society group, Tenaganita, has expressed outrage over yet another death of a domestic worker. “Why are we letting this happen again and again? “The rules and regulations within the Employment Act for domestic workers seem not to be protect domestic workers. “What we need is a separate legislation for them,” Tenaganita director Glorene Das said.

Indonesian maid, Adelina, 21, from Medan, died yesterday, following suspected repeated abuse by her employers. According to Glorene, as long as they are defined as domestic servants and maids in the Employment Act, it creates the mindset and mentality of a master-servant relationship. She added that one death of a girl, a domestic worker, was one too many.

“We seriously need to address the root cause of why employers feel it is perfectly normal to abuse a domestic worker. “There needs to be effective policies and legislation to protect maids like Adelina from abusive employers,” she stressed. It was reported that Adelina was rescued by police on Saturday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers.

She died at 4.45pm yesterday while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital. When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, she had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Her plight came to light after a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam member of parliament.

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Man, Indonesian wife nabbed with RM200,000 of drugs


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MO,12/1/2018, KUCHING: An unemployed man and his Indonesian wife were arrested in a police raid yesterday for possessing RM200,000 worth of syabu and ecstasy pills. Acting on a tip-off and following weeks of surveillance, police seized 613.8g of syabu, 750 Eramin 5 pills and 140 ecstasy pills when they raided the suspect’s house in Muara Tabuan here at 4pm.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Abang Ahmad Abang Julai said the raiding party arrested the 45-year-old man, who was carrying a sling bag, at the parking lot of his apartment. “Police found 2.1g of syabu and 100 Eramin 5 pills inside the sling bag.

“The raiding party later inspected the man’s house and arrested his 40-year-old wife. “We also found 611.7g of syabu, 140 ecstasy pills and 650 Eramin 5 pills, which was stuffed inside a plastic bag and placed inside one of the rooms,” he told reporters at the Kuching police headquarters here today.

Police, he said, also seized RM2,000 and a Toyota Vios belonging to the suspect to facilitate investigation into the case. Preliminary checks showed the suspect had been trafficking drugs since last year.

Abang Ahmad said both of them have been remanded for seven days and the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence.

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