Tag Archives: women’s rights

Cambodian MP nixes Bukit Aman’s denial- Free Malaysia Today

Evidence of Abuse of Cambodian Maids in Malaysia: A young woman returned to Cambodia this afternoon. She is still emotionally unstable and has had to go straight to the city hospital. She left Cambodia 4 years ago when her son was just a baby.

Let’s not try to cover up. Let’s try to find the truth and start with developing a Memorandum of Understanding between the  two countries for the safety, security and rights of the workers.

Cambodian MP nixes Bukit Aman’s denial

Stephanie Sta Maria | October 18, 2011

Mu Sochua says three maids from her country did die from abuse by their Malaysian employers.

PETALING JAYA: Cambodian opposition MP Mu Sochua is challenging a statement by Bukit Aman that the reports about three Cambodian maids being abused to death are false.

Cambodian Ambassador Princess Norodom Arunrasmy recently disclosed that the embassy received daily complaints of abuse and that three maids had died within a week.

Mohd Bakri Zinin of the Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department said yesterday that only two Cambodian deaths had been recorded since 2004 and that the two were male factory workers killed by compatriots.

Read the full article on the Free Malaysia Today website:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/10/18/cambodian-mp-nixes-bukit-aman%E2%80%99s-denial/#

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Cambodian Children and Women Are not Slaves

After reading the article “Maid Agency Rescues 22 Women, Girls”  on the front page of the Cambodia Daily on October 5th, 2011, I began to reflect: Cambodia runs the risk of being seen as not the Kingdom of Wonder but a country that turns its back to its most valuable human potentials.
Sending Cambodian children and our poorest young women to Malaysia as domestic workers must be suspended temporarily until mechanisms for the protection of the rights of the workers are ensured.Police and the Courts have taken action to close down and prosecute the owner as staff of Century Manpower but this case by case action is just putting a band aid to a very serious wound that is a serious violation of human rights, debt bondage and modern slavery.
Indonesia stopped sending domestic workers to Malaysia for two years and now a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the two countries that address the most fundamental rights and protection of the domestic workers.

Building Democracy With Women

Building democracy with women is not just smart, it is fair and just. Building democracy is one step at a time and along the way there are moments of full fulfillment and moments of despair.
Along this work in progress of building democracy, I have come across powerful women – they are powerful because of their deep sense of worth and value.
At this moment in time, I am preparing a new team of young and very dynamic young women who are the future of Cambodia.

Proud to be a member of the opposition as it teaches me about values.

I have cried a river along the way and watching my people cross this rapid river to tend their land every day fills my heart with stronger determination that one day, we shall overcome.
When standing there to watch the women and the disabled man cross the river, tears came from the deep wholes in my heart.
I could not cross that river, that day.

Maid’s Death:Cambodian MP wants answers

The letter to the Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh was sent two days ago. Another problem with this case is the return of the body. The recruitment agency is looking for solution to cover the heavy cost. The family claims for the body- for a proper religious ceremony and funerals.

Awaiting official reports for this latest case and a previous case which the domestic worker retracts her claim of sexual assault by the father of the employer.

Maid’s death: Cambodian MP wants answers
Free Malaysia Today
Mu Sochua pledges to hound Malaysian authorities to get to the bottom of Mu Sochua has promised to find answers to Choy Phich’s death and said that
Free Malaysia Today

My Beer-My Dignity

The women are still braving rain and police harassment.

Still going strong.

Mu Sochua, MP

https://sochua.wordpress.com
“I do not fear death; I fear political silence against injustices”
-Malalai Joya, MP Afghanistan

Donate to Mu Sochua’s Justice Fund

Malaysian police and MP Mu Sochu take actions over the death of a Cambodian maid

Malaysian police and MP Mu SochuA take actions over the death of a Cambodian maid


By Khmerization
On 23rd July, Khmerization has received a mayday email from a concerned Malaysian national alerting about the death (murder?) of a Cambodian maid in Malaysia. The email was published and sent to more than 400 people, including the Malaysian Embassy, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia. The English-language Phnom Penh Post has also reported about the girls’ death.

MP Mu Sochua (pictured), one of the receivers of Khmerization’s email, has responded positively by promising to pester the Malaysian authority until she get the answer. “In my capacity as MP, I have and will bring to the immediate attention of the Malaysian embassy in Cambodia the issue of Cambodian workers working in Malaysia, in particular the safety and security of women working as domestic workers”, she said.

She also thanked Khmerization for circulating the news about this case. “I wish to thank Khmerization for circulating the news. The case reported in the past, was successfully resolved, thanks to your input”, added her email.

In a follow up email, Mu Sochua had promised to do all she can to get an answer about the girl’s death. “I called the Malaysian Embassy yesterday. No reply but my letter will follow. I will surely get to speak to an official. A letter to the govt. is also on the way”, she said in an email to Khmerization.

She also informed Khmerization that local NGOs are taking up the case further. “Local NGO spoke to the aunt of the victim who claims she was 19 year-old. The family wants to retract their consent to have the body cremated in Malaysia” added her email.

Khmerization is happy to say that the Royal Malaysian Police has also promised to take further action on the case after it received an email alert from Khmerization. “Thank you for your email. Further action will be taken as soon as possible. Thank you”, said a public relation officer of the Royal Malaysian Police through an email to Khmerization.

Concern over maids death

The Phnom Penh Post

MONDAY, 25 JULY 2011 15:03

MOM KUNTHEAR AND DAVID BOYLE

Opposition parliamentarian Mu Sochua and rights groups are investigating the death of a teenage Cambodian domestic worker in Malaysia, amid allegations she was abused by her employer.

Concerns over the girls death were raised after the news-agg-regating website Khmerization received an email from a person identified as Yip Soon Yew, who alleged Khor Phaik, a 15-year-old maid brought to Malaysia by a company called TSE, had been found dead on July 17.

Seng Sithichey, the director of recruitment firm AP TSE & C Cambodia Resources Co, said yesterday one of its dom-estic workers had died on that date, but could not confirm her name.

Yip Soon Yew claimed people in the maids neighbourhood in Penang had seen her being beaten up and abused.

A day before her death, she allegedly passed on a note asking that if she died for no valid reason, her uncle in Cambodia be contacted, the writer added.

Seng Sithichey, however, disputed the workers age, saying she was 21. He said the comp-any had received a medical certificate showing she had died from pneumonia.

We co-operated with the police and health officials to check what happened to her, Seng Sithichey said.

I have to find justice for my worker if she died because of her employer, but she died because of disease.

The womans family had been notified, as had the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seng Sithichey said. The family had not filed a complaint, he said.

Mu Sochua, of the Sam Rainsy Party, said yesterday Khmerization had previously reported the abuse of a domestic worker in Malaysia that had turned out to be true.

She vowed to investigate Khor Phaiks case with Malaysian government officials and rights groups, saying: It is of grave concern to me.

Huy Pich Sovann, an officer at the Community Legal Education Center, said yesterday he was also investigating the case and mechanisms needed to be put in place to stop the systematic abuse of Cambodian dom-estic workers in Malaysia.

Aegile Fernandez, of the Malaysian rights group Tenaganita, said Ung Vantha, a Cambodian embassy official in Malaysia, had mentioned the case but not given details.

Ung Vantha and other offic-ials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Opposition parliamentarian Mu Sochua and rights groups are investigating the death of a teenage Cambodian domestic worker in Malaysia, amid allegations she was abused by her employer.

Concerns over the girls death were raised after the news-agg-regating website Khmerization received an email from a person identified as Yip Soon Yew, who alleged Khor Phaik, a 15-year-old maid brought to Malaysia by a company called TSE, had been found dead on July 17.

Seng Sithichey, the director of recruitment firm AP TSE & C Cambodia Resources Co, said yesterday one of its dom-estic workers had died on that date, but could not confirm her name.

Yip Soon Yew claimed people in the maids neighbourhood in Penang had seen her being beaten up and abused.

A day before her death, she allegedly passed on a note asking that if she died for no valid reason, her uncle in Cambodia be contacted, the writer added.

Seng Sithichey, however, disputed the workers age, saying she was 21. He said the comp-any had received a medical certificate showing she had died from pneumonia.

We co-operated with the police and health officials to check what happened to her, Seng Sithichey said.

I have to find justice for my worker if she died because of her employer, but she died because of disease.

The womans family had been notified, as had the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seng Sithichey said. The family had not filed a complaint, he said.

Mu Sochua, of the Sam Rainsy Party, said yesterday Khmerization had previously reported the abuse of a domestic worker in Malaysia that had turned out to be true.

She vowed to investigate Khor Phaiks case with Malaysian government officials and rights groups, saying: It is of grave concern to me.

Huy Pich Sovann, an officer at the Community Legal Education Center, said yesterday he was also investigating the case and mechanisms needed to be put in place to stop the systematic abuse of Cambodian dom-estic workers in Malaysia.

Aegile Fernandez, of the Malaysian rights group Tenaganita, said Ung Vantha, a Cambodian embassy official in Malaysia, had mentioned the case but not given details.

Ung Vantha and other offic-ials could not be reached for comment yesterday.