Family of four hauled to court for maid abuse
Elena Chong
Mon, Mar 10, 2008
The Straits Times

YET another family has been hauled to court for maid abuse.

On Monday, an 18-year-old girl, together with her mother and mum's friend, was accused of pulling out two front teeth of Indonesian maid Badingah at a flat in Jalan Minyak off Chin Swee Road.

Nur Rizan Mohd Sazali, who does administration work, is said to have done this with the help of the maid's employer, Elsa Elyana Said, 24, and at the instigation of her mother, Maselly Abdul Aziz, 37, unemployed.

Her elder brother, Muhammad Iz'aan, 19, a waiter, faces one charge each of maid abuse and wrongful restraint.

Nur Rizan is also accused of using an iron rod and cane to hit the back of Ms Badingah, pouring hot wax onto her head, and restraining her by tying the victim's hands with a bath robe.

Maselly allegedly used an iron rod to hit Ms Badingah on the head, abetted Nur Rizan to cause grievous hurt to her in the teeth incident, poured hot water onto the maid's private part, and threatened to kill her if she did not return the money.

The last charge also states that she was holding onto two knives when she made the threat on July 26 last year.

Elsa is alleged to have punched Ms Badingah on her cheeks; helped Nur Rizan by holding onto Ms Badingah's head to restrain her movement while her teeth were being extracted; and tied her up with a bath robe.

Muhammad Iz'aan's charges are for using a cane to hit the victim on the back and tying up her hands with a bath robe.

The alleged offences took place between June 2 and July 26 last year.

Two weeks ago, another family comprising a couple and the woman's mother were accused of between three and 32 charges of abusing their Indonesian maid.

Malaysian Loke Phooi Ling, 37, is accused of 32 charges while her husband, bank executive Stanley Kuah Kian Chong, 37, faces three counts.

Her mother, Teng Chen Lian, 66, allegedly slapped, kicked, knocked the head of the 23-year-old maid and poked her neck with a pair of chopsticks between May and July last year.

In Monday's case, Mr S. S. Dhillon appeared for the four, and said he had just been briefed.

District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan set bail at $10,000 each and ordered that their passports be impounded.

A pre-trial conference will be held on March 27.

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