Alleged killer maid survived on handouts while on the run


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  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

BY CATHERINE CHONG

PENANG: The 19-year-old maid who allegedly murdered her elderly employer is believed to have survived on handouts during her eight days on the run. 

The maid, who was arrested in Jalan Teluk Kumbar on Tuesday, has been admitted to the Balik Pulau Hospital for exhaustion since she fled from her employer Mok Lan's house in Bayan Baru on Dec 30. 

CLOSE WATCH: A policewoman guarding the maid at the Balik Pulau Hospital where she was admitted after eight days on the run.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Abdul Wahab Embong said police could not question the maid because of her weak condition. 

“Thus, we have yet to ascertain how she survived during the eight days,” he said yesterday, adding that the RM100 that she allegedly took from her employer was not found on her. 

It is learnt that the maid did, however, reply “someone gave me food” when asked by police. 

The maid, who is expected to be hospitalised for several days, was spotted by a member of the public who recognised her from her mugshot carried by major newspapers. 

Yesterday, Balik Pulau magistrate Helmi Ghani went to the hospital to serve the maid with a remand order as she was too weak to appear in court. 

She is under remand for 14 days to assist in investigations into Mok's death, which police have classified as murder. The offence carries the mandatory death sentence. 

The maid allegedly strangled Mok, 67, and then repeatedly banged her head on the floor after tricking her emploer into going into the bedroom on the pretext of asking about some housework on Dec 30.  

Mok, who left behind eight sons, three daughters and 15 grandchildren, died one week after lapsing into a coma. 

She was found lying on the bed with blood oozing from the forehead and cheeks by her youngest daughter Choong Poh Lai and was able to relate what had happened before losing consciousness. 

The maid had just started working for the family nine days before the alleged incident. 

When contacted, Indonesian vice-consul in charge of social, culture and information Gudadi Sasongko said the consulate would assist the maid in anyway possible in accordance with Malaysian laws. 

“We will ensure her basic rights are protected besides providing her with legal assistance if required,” he said. 

The managing director of maid placement agency, identified only as Ng, said he would inform his counterpart in Indonesia of the maid's situation and to contact her family in Surabaya. 

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