GEORGE TOWN: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry today called for stern action to be taken against the culprits involved in the death of an Indonesian maid on Sunday.
Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said justice must be served for Adelina Lisao, 26, who died following suspected repeated abuse by her employers.
Describing the incident as inhumane, unethical and against the norm, Rohani said the government has no tolerance for such action.
"This is a very serious incident which should be dealt with to prevent a recurrence in future.
"I want to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathy the family of Adelina," she said in a statement today.
Rohani said Malaysia was a sovereign country, which respected human rights, and that the country's constitution guarantees the rights of all, including foreigners.
Rohani also appealed to the relevant authorities to carry out checks on maid recruitment companies and agencies to ensure no abuse takes place.
"We, in the ministry, will work together with any parties on this.
"I also hope the people around will help if they suspect that there any abuse cases taking place in their neighbourhood," she added.
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, 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.
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.
To date, three of her employers have been detained. They are a 60-year-old woman and her two children, aged 36 and 39.
Meanwhile, Rohani said the ministry would continue to implement measures to help maids, who are mainly women.
Among them are:
• 24-hour KASIH 15999 helpline to report cases of abuse;
• providing shelter to victims of abuse;
• providing counselling to maids who experience stress from their employers; and
• providing moral support to families so as to ensure they have the coping skills to deal with family pressure which can lead to violence against maids.