IMMIGRATION-EMPLOYMENT: JAKARTA – Indonesia Sends Diplomatic Note Calling on Malaysia to Prevent Abuse of Migrant Workers

Family members weep as the coffin carrying the body of Adelina Jemira Sau arrives at El Tari Airport in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday (17/02). (Antara Photo/Kornelis Kaha)


Jakarta. Indonesia has sent a diplomatic note to Malaysia calling for it to take immediate steps to prevent violence against Indonesian migrant workers and to ensure that their rights are upheld.

The call follows the alleged murder of 28-year-old Indonesian domestic worker Adelina Jemira Sau in Penang, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said during a press briefing in Jakarta on Thursday (22/02).

“The Indonesian government has delivered a diplomatic note to the Malaysian government in which we condemn the incident that befell Adelina, and demand firm and serious handling of the judicial process against the perpetrators,” Arrmanatha said.

Adelina died at Bukit Mertajam Hospital in Penang on Feb. 11, after she was rescued from her employer’s home where she had reportedly suffered abuse and was forced to sleep outdoors with the family’s pet dog for almost two months.

A postmortem examination revealed that she died from multiple organ failure and anemia. The Indonesian government handed Adelina’s body to her family in East Nusa Tenggara on Feb. 17.

She had been working in Malaysia without a visa for about two years before her death.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged a 60-year-old woman – the mother-in-law of Adelina’s employer – with murder under Section 302 of the Malaysian Penal Code, which carries a mandatory death sentence.


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