Filipino domestic helper hospitalised after alleged beating by employer's family


KUCHING: A Filipino domestic helper has been left hospitalised after an alleged beating by her employer's family here.

Penny Fritz Gutierrez Pido, 39, alleged that she was kicked and hit in the head and limbs by her employer's daughter on May 8.

The following day, her employer - a Sarawakian woman married to a British national - brought her to Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) where she is now recovering from her injuries.

Her plight came to light when Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii posted about it on Facebook on May 16.

"I have 50 stitches in my head. My right hand and left arm are broken. My left knee is also fractured, so I cannot walk," Penny said when met at BMC Saturday (May 25).

"When my employer brought me to the hospital, she told the doctors not to make a police report. But after she left, I told the doctors what happened," she said.

Penny said police came to talk to her on May 16 together with Yii, after Yii was tipped off about her case.

Her sister Jackylin Pido, who came to Kuching on May 21, hoped police would speed up their investigation.

"Whatever mistake occurred, you shouldn't do that to my sister. No one has a right to hurt others," she said.

Jackylin said she went to the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur for assistance on May 21 before flying to Kuching.

She said the embassy is providing a lawyer who will meet them on Wednesday (May 29).

Meanwhile, Yii said he was following up on the case closely after alerting the police about it.

"I'm getting updates on a daily basis. From what I know, the investigation is being carried out.

"Basically, the suspect is overseas and police have flagged Interpol to locate her. They have spoken once to the suspect's mother and hopefully the mother will cooperate with the investigation," he said.

Yii urged the investigation to be carried out properly because it involved a foreign national.

"It is important that this issue doesn't get swept under the carpet. It must be dealt with properly because it may affect Malaysia's diplomatic relations with the Philippines.

"Whoever is responsible should be made to face justice. Even if a mistake was made, nobody deserves to be beaten up like that," he said.


   

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