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Abused Indonesian Maid Nirmala Seeks US$13,000 Compensation from
Convicted Ex-e
 Oct 21, 2012 10:04 PDT 

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Abused Indonesian Maid Nirmala Seeks US$13,000 Compensation from
Convicted Ex-employer

October 21, 2012

The Jakarta Post [website]
by Bagus BT Saragih

Tirelessly seeking justice, abused Indonesian maid Nirmala Bonat has
filed a lawsuit with a Malaysian court in an attempt to seek
compensation from her former employer who was just sent to jail for
assaulting her in 2004.

Indonesian Foreign Minister spokesman Michael Tene confirmed on Sunday
that the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been providing legal
assistance to Nirmala in the lawsuit.

“The legal team helping Nirmala in the lawsuit is the same legal
team we hired to provide legal advocacy during the criminal trial
processes against her former employer,” Michael told The Jakarta

Nirmala is asking for 39,161 Malaysian Ringgit (US$ 12,837.56),
comprising RM28,545 for loss of income and RM10,616 for other
expenditures, according to The Star, the Post’s fellow Asia News
Network (ANN) member.

The 28-year-old East Nusa Tenggaranese mother of one son is claiming
damages over loss of comfort, medical expenses, humiliation, physical
and mental anguish, permanent scars and transport expenditures,
besides costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

On Oct. 1, Nirmala’s former employer, 44-year-old housewife Yim Pek
Ha, was finally convicted in a legally binding verdict and sentenced
to 12 years in prison after prolonged trial processes due to appeals
by the defendant.

Malaysia’s Court of Appeal upheld a High Court’s decision to
impose the 12-year jail term on Yim, who was found guilty of three
counts of inflicting injuries on Nirmala.

Yim, who had been free until eight years after he assaulted Nirmala
and triggered concerns from many Indonesians, finally began serving
her jail term at the Kajang Women’s Prison in Selangor.

Nirmala’s case attracted massive media and public reaction when it
emerged in 2004. She claimed that she had been severely assaulted by
her employers, for instance, being harmed with a hot iron, hot water,
a metal cup and a plastic hanger.

It was a big blow for the Malaysian government to provide stronger
protection for migrant workers. Since then, Indonesia and Malaysia
have been engaged in measures to improve the situation.

Malaysia is home to more than 2 million Indonesian workers, many of
whom are illegal.

Mistreatment of Indonesian workers, as well as tension regarding
conflicting territorial claims has occasionally marred ties between
Indonesia and Malaysia.

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