No more maids, says family of dead granny


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

BY SYLVIA LOOI and KASTURI DEWI

PENANG: For the family of the late Mok Lan, who died a week after she was beaten up by her Indonesian maid, it will be the last time they will ever employ a maid. 

DISTRAUGHT DAUGHTERS: Choong Poh Lai, 36, (right) consoling Poh Thye just minutes before their mother died at the Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre in Penang.

Her second daughter Choong Poh Thye, 38, said the family had employed the maid to help out with her mother’s daily housework. 

“My mother suffered from diabetes and hypertension and we thought having a maid would help if there is any emergency. We never imagined that the maid would hurt her,” she said when met at the hospital mortuary yesterday  

On Dec 30, the 19-year-old maid tried to strangle the 67-year-old grandmother, then repeatedly banged her head on the floor and robbed her of RM100 before running away. Mok died on Sunday, a week after lapsing into a coma. 

Choong said the maid, who was with the family for nine days prior to the incident, was recommended by an agency owned by her sister-in-law’s friend.  

Choong’s husband Ooi Soo Kwang, 42, urged the Government to be more stringent when approving maids to work here. 

“There should be mental health checks before approval is granted for maids to work here,” he said, hoping that the incident would be a lesson to all. 

Mok’s body would be placed at the family home in Bayan Baru and cremated at the Mount Erskine Crematorium on Thursday . 

A post-mortem by forensic pathologist Dr Bhupinder Singh yesterday found that Mok’s death was caused by severe head injuries due to blunt trauma. 

“She also had cerebral infarction whereby blood vessels in her head were clogged, causing tissues in her brain to die,” he said. 

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Abdul Wahab Embong said the maid was still at large. Police have classified the case as murder.  

“The maid might have hidden in the jungle or left the country,” he said, appealing to anyone with information to call ASP Azman Salim at 04-8662222. 

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