Cops nab restaurant owner, son for allegedly abusing 3 Indonesian maids

Kelly Koh

MALACCA: Police have arrested a restaurant owner and her son to assist in investigations into the alleged abuse of three Indonesian maids.

Melaka Tengah police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaikh Abdul Adzis Shaikh Abdullah said the woman, in her 50s, and her son, in his 20s, have been remanded for seven days, beginning yesterday.

"They were picked up from their restaurant in Taman Saujana in Bukit Katil at about 11am yesterday.

"We are investigating the case under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007.

"We have also rescued the three Indonesian women and referred them to a shelter home in Johor after obtaining interim protection order from the court," he said when contacted today.

It was reported that three Indonesian women - Fitriatul Hasanah, 29, Ade Hermayani, 21 and Siami, 21 were abused by their employer operating a restaurant in Taman Saujana, Bukit Katil here.

They claimed that they were beaten with mop handles, burnt with cigarette butts, kicked, slapped and pinched.

Unable to withstand further abuse, they sought help from a customer who assisted them in lodging a report at the Ayer Keroh police station at 7.40pm on Friday.