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More needs to be done to curb maid abuse: M'sian association
Publication Date : 07-03-2014
The death sentence meted out on a Malaysian couple who starved their maid to death should serve as a warning to other employers, says the Malaysian Maid Employers Association (Mama).
“Let this be a lesson to the others to treat their maids well, as human beings and part of their household – not as slaves,” said Mama president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein. “Justice has been done. It was a sinful case!”
However, he added that the couple’s case was just the tip of the iceberg.
“It is a small step in shedding light on the poor treatment of foreign maids by employers, who are uneducated on how to discharge duties and communicate with their employees who suffer from culture shock here,” said Engku Ahmad.
He said Mama offered courses for agencies and employers on how to maintain good relationships with maids and maximise their productivity.
Malaysian National Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap) president Raja Zulkepley Dahalan also applauded the decision, saying that it showed the courts’ and government’s seriousness in addressing human rights issues against maids, amid Malaysia’s discussion with Cambodia over their moratorium of not sending maids here.
“We are facing a shortage of maids and some countries do not want to send their citizens here because of such cases.
“The countries do not respect Malaysia because they say we are not safe for their people.
“Not doing so only worsens the problem of the help shortage here,” he said, stressing the need for employers to treat their maids well.
Raja Zulkepley urged the government to establish a special court specialising in cases involving foreign workers to expedite sentences.
“Isti Komariah’s case did not need to take four to five years to reach a decision,” he said.
“They should be concluding cases in one year as these are serious human rights violations.”