Is it OK to beat up maids as long as they don’t die?

You beat up a maid until she looks like this and a Sessions Court judge placed the abuser (a Datin) on a good behaviour bond for five years with surety of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt on her Indonesian maid? That’s justice to the maid?

Is it OK to beat up maids as long as they don’t die?

There’s no doubt law-abiding and sane Malaysians are shocked that the woman who assaulted a 19-year-old Indonesian maid has been punished with just a slap in the wrist.

And, why was the charge of attempted murder reduced to causing grievous hurt?

“Is it because she is a Datin? The prosecution owes Malaysians an explanation for this case,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said it was heartening to note that Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali had reportedly said that he had instructed for an appeal to be filed against the inadequacy of the sentence.

“Not just the inadequacy of the sentence. Why reduce the attempted murder charge? The maid could have died if she had not managed to escape from the Datin’s hell house,” he added.

Syed Razak said Apandi should treat the case with urgency and priority due to public interest and justice.

“Any unnecessary delay may attract negative criticisms that will surely affect the image of the Attorney-General’s Chambers.”

“The fact that an online petition demanding a harsher sentence for (Datin) Rozita Mohd Ali has attracted more than 14,000 signatories speaks volume of the rakyat (people)’s concern for the injustice."

An Indonesian maid was found bleeding and unconscious beside a drain in Mutiara Damansara December 21, 2016. — Picture via Facebook/Putera Karya

‘Datin’ in maid abuse case that went viral placed on good behaviour bond

PETALING JAYA, March 15 — The Sessions Court here today ordered a housewife with a “Datin” title to be placed on a good behaviour bond for five years with surety of RM20,00 for causing grievous hurt on an Indonesian domestic maid. Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar meted out the punishment on Rozita Mohamad Ali after the woman pleaded guilty to an amended charge with causing grievous hurt on the maid today. Rozita, 44, was charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt on Suyanti Sutrinso, 19, with, among others, a knife, a floor mop, umbrella, iron rod and cloth hanger. The offence was committed at a house in Jalan PJU 7/30, Mutiara Damansara here between 7am and noon on June 21, 2016 … for more, go to http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/datin-in-maid-abuse-case-that-went-viral-placed-on-good-behaviour-bond#Se2dkxFRyW4ACkzq.97


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), asked: “What type of message is the Sessions Court judge sending to Malaysians who employ maids, be it local or foreign?

“That it is alright to beat them up like slaves or animals as long as they do not die?

“And, what do Indonesians and others think about Malaysians and Malaysia?”

Syed Razak said: “Clearly, this not just a national public interest case. It is an international interest case!

“The charge and punishment must reflect the seriousness of the case, no matter who is the accused, a layman or someone with status in society.”

Here’s what was posted by online news portal The Malaysian Insight (TMI):

"Thousands want harsher sentence for woman who abused teen maid

Noel Achariam
Updated 4 hours ago · Published on 18 Mar 2018 5:00PM


The change.org petition calling for Rozita Mohd Ali to be charged with attempted murder or intent to cause serious bodily harm. – March 18, 2018.
MALAYSIANS launched an online petition demanding a harsher sentence for Rozita Mohd Ali, charged with abusing her maid two years ago. 

To date, 13,940 people have signed the online petition launched yesterdaycalling for Rozita to be charged with attempted murder or intent to cause serious bodily harm. 

The petition, titled “Calling for equal justice”, targeted 15,000 Malaysians to sign it and is addressed to Prime Minister Najib Razak and de facto law minister Azalina Othman Said. 

The petiton on change.org highlighted Rozita's behaviour towards her maid was despicable, inhumane and should result in stricter punishment than a "good behaviour bond".

It said that she should have been charged with attempted murder or intent to cause serious bodily harm.

"We elected a government that should not have any influence in our justice system. Even if she was a datin, rich or had connections, it doesn’t give her the right to treat people like that. 

"What message are we sending to our people and children? Malaysia needs to seriously look at our human rights issue."

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali had said that he had instructed for an appeal to be filed against the inadequacy of the sentence.

Last week, the Sessions Court had ordered Rozita to be placed on a good behaviour bond for five years with surety of RM20,00 for causing grievous hurt on her Indonesian maid.

Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar had meted out the sentence after Rozita pleaded guilty to an amended charge with causing grievous hurt on the maid. 

Rozita, 44, was charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt on Suyanti Sutrinso, 19, with a knife, mop, umbrella, iron rod and clothes hanger.

The offence was committed at a house in Jalan PJU 7/30, Mutiara Damansara, between 7am and noon on June 21, 2016. – March 18, 2018.
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