Home News Featured News Maid passed notes to next door neighbor, who called the police on...

Maid passed notes to next door neighbor, who called the police on her abusive employer




- Advertisement -

Khoo Mee Choo, age 63, has been sentenced to 28 weeks in jail for abusing her domestic helper, Ema Rahmawati. Ema had resorted to passing notes to her neighbor, who discovered the abuse Ema was suffering and called the police to report it.

Khoo, a real estate agent, was found guilty of one count of using criminal force on the helper and four counts of voluntarily causing her hurt. She has also been ordered to pay Ema $4,580 for compensation and wages.

While under Khoo’s mother’s employment, which started in December 2016, Ema was often physically abused by Khoo, who kicked her, pulled her hair, punched and pinched her, and also disallowed her from using her phone.

In desperation, Ema passed notes to the helper next door, who befriended her. When the other helper, Atika, left in February 2017, the woman that Atika worked for found the notes that Ema had slipped to her.

- Advertisement -

Read related: Maid sends in video showing that her employer gave her rice in a bin filled with insects

Atika’s employer, known in court documents as Wendy, found out that Ema had asked Atika for food, and so Wendy began to give her biscuits and beverage sachets. Ema ended up writing to Wendy about the abuse she endured from Khoo, and she asked Wendy for help. Wendy called the police when Ema wrote that she could not take Khoo’s treatment anymore.

Speaking at Khoo’s trial, Wendy said she heard loud voices in Khoo’s home, where someone, presumably Ema, was called such terms as “babi (pig)” and “bodo (stupid)” in Bahasa. She said she heard Ema cry, “ma’am tolong, saya mau balik (I want to go back).”

Khoo said at the trial that Ema’s injuries were accidental or self-inflicted, and denied charges that she had physically and emotionally abused the helper. She said that Ema had lied about how she was treated and that the helper merely wished to change employers.

Khoo’s lawyer, Lee Wei Fan, claimed that she acted out of character and that she was under enormous stress due to having been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, and had had to undergo therapy. He claimed that Khoo had never treated any previous helpers badly.

Lee asked for a 3-month jail term for Khoo, since according to him Ema only endured minor injuries and that she had suffered “no significant psychological harm,” while the prosecution asked for eight months of jail time for the abusive employer.


Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

National reserves: Whatever their strategic value, Singaporeans have right to know how they are managed

  The ruling People’s Action Party is weaponising knowledge of the exact amount of Singapore’s national reserves as a way of helping it stay in power. That’s unacceptable. It does not have such an in perpetuity right. One of the debates in...

Jolin Tsai’s perky butt got the internet abuzz

Taipei -- Mandopop diva Jolin Tsai isn't shy of flaunting her figure in all kinds of sexy and revealing outfits and her fans are just lapping it up. The 40-year-old singer uploaded a couple of photos from her trip to Yangmingshan...

Man attacks teen, calls him a virus, damages his phone

Singapore—A sudden attack took a teen by surprise when one man started yelling at him, physically harming him, and throwing his phone into a nearby drain at around 10.30pm on Tuesday (Feb 23) on a section of the road near the...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg