News 13 february — 15:19

Indonesia demands probe into migrant death in Malaysia


The death of Indonesian citizen Adelina Lisao who worked as a migrant worker in Malaysia is "unacceptable", Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday, Anadolu Ahency reports.

Lisao, 21, 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.

Marsudi said her government would monitor the proceedings closely and work together with Malaysian authorities to ensure the victim's family gets justice.

"We will provide legal counsel and make sure our citizens get their rights fulfilled," she said.

Her statement was echoed by Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, who said Lisao's Malaysian employers "have to take responsibility".

The employers, a pair of siblings in their 30s, have been detained in Malaysia in connection with the death and were being investigated.

Nongovernmental organization Migrant CARE said Lisao's case adds to the already large number of cases of Indonesian workers dying abroad.

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