THE Malaysia Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is perplexed as to how a woman was given a light sentence for abusing her domestic helper.
Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said the commission was dissatisfied with the sessions court that has sentenced Rozita Mohd Ali to only be placed on a good behaviour bond for five years.
“A migrant worker has suffered severe physical mistreatment and violence at the hands of her employer.
“This decision raises questions of not only the injustice and inadequacies in the protections afforded under Malaysian law for migrant domestic workers, but apparent bias towards employers,” he said in statement today.
Last week, the sessions court ordered Rozita to be placed on a good behaviour bond for five years in surety of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt to her Indonesian maid, Suyanti Sutrinso. Critics and lawyers said the sentencing was too lenient.
The 44-year-old was charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt on Suyanti, 19, with a knife, mop, umbrella, iron rod and clothes hanger.
Razali also questioned the deputy public prosecutor’s (DPP) offer of a lesser charge when the injuries inflicted were so serious.
“The lesser charge and sentence can be interpreted as a gross application of selectivity which the public are complaining.”
Yesterday, Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said that Indonesia is still willing to send its maids despite the recent spate of maid abuse cases.
He had said the recent incident involving Rozita has not sparked any outcry in Indonesia.
A petition on change.org that was set up on Saturday to demand an harsher sentence for Rozita has garnered more than 63,0000 clicks. – March 20, 2018.