KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — The family of the Indonesian maid whose death has renewed her country's concern about sending domestic workers to Malaysia is demanding three years of her salary as compensation.
According to the Jakarta Globe, Adelina Lisao's family insisted that she had not been paid for the duration of her service with the Malaysian family who allegedly forced her to sleep outdoors prior to her death.
“We demand that Adelina’s salary for three years be paid. Don’t justify withholding her salary because she was unregistered,” Petronela Koa, an aunt, told the Indonesian outlet.
“The amount of money does not matter. But it is still her right.”
Adelina, who had allegedly been made to sleep outdoors with her employer’s dog for a month, died of severe injuries to her head and face, and had infected wounds on her hands and legs.
Her death prompted an Indonesian envoy to suggest the country may reinstate a 2009 moratorium on sending its citizens here to work as domestic workers.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday urged Indonesia not to reintroduce the suspension, saying such abuse cases were isolated incidents.
The two siblings accused of abusing Adelina were remanded for a week starting February 14 to assist police investigations for murder.