Maid believed to be an illegal immigrant

Koay (second from left) being comforted by family members soon after identifying her sons’ bodies.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Indonesian maid who murdered two children and took her own life at her employer's home in Sungai Buloh is believed to be an illegal immigrant.

Indonesian Embassy consular affairs counsellor Dino Nurwahyudin said the woman had no travel documents and her true identity remained a mystery.

"We do not know who she was or how she had entered the country as there were no documents with her or her employers.

"We are working with the police in Malaysia and Indonesia to ascertain her identity and hope to find her next of kin," he said at the Sungai Buloh Hospital mortuary yesterday.

Dino said the woman was believed to have worked with the family for about 18 months.

"We learnt that she was recommended to the family by their previous maid, who moved to Johor," he said.

Asked if Indonesian maids who come to work in Malaysia have to go through mental health screenings, Dino said it was standard procedure.

"Those who wish to go abroad will have to first go through a physical and psychological evaluation.

"It is possible she may not have gone through the proper channels to enter Malaysia," he said.

The maid and the two children were found with their throats slit at their home in Taman Sri Putra on Tuesday eve­ning.

The police has classified the incident as suicide and murder.