By Azania Post Reporter
A mystery has surrounded the death of a migrant worker in Malaysia where her government has said it as unacceptable, demand for justice.
Anadolu news agency reported that Adelina Lisao, 21, an Indonesian citizen was found dead in her employer’s home in Penang, Malaysia after suspected abuse.
According to police documents, the victim’s head and face were swollen, and she had wounds on her hand and legs. A post-mortem declared that she died of multiple-organ failure due to anemia.
Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Marsudi said her government would monitor the proceedings closely and work together with Malaysian authorities to ensure the victim's family gets their legal rights.
"We will provide legal counsel and make sure our people get their rights fulfilled," she said.
Her statement was echoed by Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, who said Lisao's Malaysian employers "have to be responsible".
Further reports say the employers, a pair of siblings in their 30s, have been detained in Malaysia in connection with the death and were being investigated.
Non-governmental organization Migrant CARE said Lisao's case adds to the already large number of cases of Indonesian workers dying overseas.
"In 2017 alone, there were 62 migrant workers from East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia who died overseas," Executive Director of Migrant CARE Wahyu Susilo said.
He urged the government to handle the case despite suspicions that Lisao may have gone to Malaysia without following required procedures.
"The Indonesian representatives in Penang and Kuala Lumpur said that she was an undocumented domestic worker, but it should not stop them from investigating this," he said.
According to the Indonesian Manpower Services Association (Apjati), there are more than 200,000 Indonesian nationals employed as maids in Malaysian households.
Four years ago, it was reported that a Malaysian couple were handed down a life sentence for starving their Indonesian maid to death.