PETALING JAYA: An MP has sought the intervention of the attorney-general over a recent court decision to free the accused employer of Indonesian domestic helper Adelina Lisao, who had died of injuries suffered during her employment.
The employer, Ambika MA Shan, 61, had been charged with murder but was reportedly granted a full acquittal by the High Court last week after the prosecution requested a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said today that the court decision was “as tragic as” Adelina’s death.
He said he had sought clarification from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“I read with disappointment and frustration the recent court decision. I have contacted the attorney-general to seek clarification. The AG has responded that he will personally investigate this matter to look into the next course of action.
“I trust the AG and the legal system will uphold justice,” he said in a statement today.
Adelina was rescued from an abusive environment from her employer’s home in Bukit Mertajam on Feb 10 last year.
Sim’s aides had last year visited a house in Medan Kota Permai 2, Bukit Mertajam, where Adelina was allegedly abused and forced to sleep in the car porch with her employer’s pet dog for a month.
The court decision to free the employer was condemned by the women’s rights group Tenaganita. Its executive director, Glorene A Das, said yesterday that the court’s decision was shocking and the AGC must answer why there was no justice for Adelina, when there was apparently clear evidence.
Sim, who is also deputy youth and sports minister, said better laws are needed to protect migrant workers.
“Exploitation of migrant workers is both a human rights violation as well as a socio-economic problem. Furthermore, the human rights of everyone must be protected, regardless of nationality,” he said.