Filipina, 11 others arrested over maid abuse scandal in Malaysia

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur has cancelled the accreditation of the agency that deployed the six Filipino women who were victims of the latest maid abuse scandal that hit Malaysia over the weekend, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the embassy said a Filipina was one of 12 individuals connected with the Agensi Pekerjaan Sentosa Sdn Bhd who had been arrested over the case.

It noted that aside from the Filipina, eight other foreign women – five Indonesians and three Cambodians – were in police custody. The embassy did not disclose their names.

“What the agency has done is a violation of human rights and is an egregious infraction of the terms of its accreditation,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya was quoted by the DFA in a statement.

The six Filipinas were among the 105 women who were rescued by Malaysian authorities after it was discovered that they were confined against their will and forced to work without pay. The embassy noted that the six Filipinas were rescued in a building in Bandar Baru Klang, Malaysia were they were locked up with 95 Indonesians and four Cambodians.

The embassy said the women allegedly suffered physical abuse and were only fed twice a day.

It also said that the rescued women were housed in a shelter under interim protection order as authorities continued to investigate the case.

Indonesia had earlier warned its nationals not to work as maids in Malaysia following the incident, as it reinforced its decision to suspend the sending of household service workers (HSWs) in Malaysia in 2009 because of numerous reports of abuses.

“In October 2011, Cambodia also banned the deployment of HSWs to Malaysia,” the embassy said.

The embassy also noted that upon the approval by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, it had issued in September this year a moratorium on the accreditation of new agencies wishing to deploy HSWs from the country.

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  • PCD_2012

    PH government, BAN is the solution and not moratorium!

  • tekateka

    When we start sending people as slaves abroad… it means that something is wrong… and it started decades ago… 

  • bugoybanggers

    Kapabayaan ng ating mga LOLO. Ang kasalukuyan ay gawain ng nakaraan. Kung nagsikap lang si LOLO noong panahon sana hindi tayo nakakaranas ng ganitong KAMALASAN sa buhay. Sa isang PAMILYA tungkulin ng magulang ang pangalagaan ang KINABUKASAN ng mga ANAK. Kaya nga nagsisikap si PAPA, iyan ay kahalintulad sa BANSA. Ang PAPA noon ay pa sabung sabung lang at PAlechon-lechon pa na akala mo mayaman. Hindi man lang nagsikap mag-ipon at maging INOVATIVE gaya ng mga taga WEST o JAPAN o KOREA o CHINA nalang. Ano na ang resulta? Mga kasalukuyang generation ay ang pinakameserable… nagpapaALIPIN sa ibang bansa. Mga OFW na halos buhay na ang iaalay para lang may maipalamon sa PILIPINAS. Walang industriyang pansarili ang PILIPINAS kasi ni BISIKLETA hindi maka gawa. Puro OFW na lang ba ang bubuhay? Iyan ang isang leksyon ng isang tao na mahilig SUMANDAL at UMASA na lang. UMASA at SUMANDAL sa KANO na nagiging TAMAD at ayaw ng magbanat ng boto para sa KINABUKASAN. Ano hanggang ngayon ba mentalidad parin natin iyan o nasa bulok na KULTURA na ng mamamayang MAYABANG na PILIPINO. Ano? Ang PILIPINAS po ay malayo na ang narating.. malayo pa rin ba ang pupuntahan o hindi talagang kayang abutin ang kaginhawaan? O wag pong umasta ang mga MAKA BIBLIYA, ang dasal ay hindi makakatulong, KUMILOS ka at GAWIN mo ang TAMA iyan makakaTULONG.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Pinagbawal na ng Indonesia at Cambodia ang pagpapadala ng maid tayo, okay pa rin? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFOPP2LDSFJFL6KVGA52SDIVHA John

    The Philippine government should provide better work/opportunities to our Filipino women instead of letting them leave the country as maids.

    • Diepor

      If you want to leave the country why is it the goverments buisness. As long as you have a visa then let them go. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UF2UYC3ZUDFD5CLX4LZRSEHQYM turko

        diepor, kung pinoy ka man, para ka namang di nag aaral, karapatang mag travel naman ang sinasabi mo e, samantalang ang issue ay yung mga kulang sa kaalaman na kawawang kababayan natin na nag aakalang may magandang kinabukasan sa abroad pero di kayang ipaglaban ang karapatan.  kung hindi ka pinoy ay  bahala ka na sa buhay mo.  

  • UrHONOR

    YAN ang kapalit ng pagka-GANID at GAHAMAN ng kapwa nating Pilipinong namumulitiko at nagsisilbi sa gobierno….MGA MAGNANAKAW.  Dahil sa kasakiman at kasibaan ng mga TNL na MMM na mga yan, walang makuhang trabaho sa bayan at kinakailangang magpa-alipin sa iba pang bayan na datirati ay maraming baitang na napapailalim sa atin, at harapin ang lahat ng panganib upang mabuhay ng parang tao.  SUMA-TUTAL:  Ipagpatuloy ang paglipul sa mga TNL na MMM sa pamahalaan, mulang janitor hanggang sa pinakamataas na hepe…BIR,  CUSTOMS, LTO, DOH, DepED, Bu of STATS, IMMINGRATION, atmpb.

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