BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police have questioned the agency that recruited the Indonesian maid who was allegedly murdered here, with reports claiming illegal agents were involved.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said a statement was taken from the Nibong Tebal-based agent.
He did not, however, reveal if the agency itself was licensed.
ACP Nik Ros was responding to the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers deputy chairman Teguh Hendro Cahyono, who reportedly said Adelina Lisao obtained work in Malaysia through an illegal agent.
He said his personnel were communicating with Adelina’s family in Nusa Tenggara Timur.
Teguh Hendro claimed Adelina worked here from 2014, meaning she was only 17 when she was sent, and 21 when she died on Sunday.
On the discrepancy over Adelina’s age, ACP Nik Ros said her passport showed she was 26 years of age.
Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the Indonesian Consulate General in Penang would provide legal assistance to ensure the victim’s rights were fulfilled.
Meanwhile, two siblings being held over the death of Adelina were remanded for an extra seven days.
Court registrar Nor Hapipah Abdullah granted the police application to further remand the brother, 39, and sister, 36, to facilitate investigations for murder.
They were arrested on Feb 10 and remanded on Sunday for four days.
On Tuesday, police also obtained a remand for their 60-year-old mother in connection to the case.
She will be in remand until Feb 19.