In August 2007 I wrote Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse which chronicled the widespread abuse of domestic foreign workers (commonly referred to as maids) by Malaysian employers. Death of maid in Malaysia highlights endemic foreign worker abuse focused on the murder of 24-year-old Indonesian domestic worker Kunarsih, who used just […]
The torture-murder of a 24-year-old Indonesian maid in her employers house in Malaysia last week is just the tip of the iceberg of a litany of human rights abuses foreign workers there are subjected to. Abuses that regularly result in workers who arrive in Malaysia full of dreams of improving their life and sending money […]
When video of a drug trafficker being caned (rotaned) in Malaysia was leaked onto the Internet last week it resulted in headlines and still images from the video appearing in leading newspapers around the world. It wasn’t that people being caned in Malaysia was something the world hadn’t heard of before, but rather the first […]
Government officers at Mataram‚Äôs immigration office are systematically skimming hundreds of millions of rupiah every day in tips or ‚Äúuang terima kasih‚Äù (thank you money) with the issuing of passports for Indonesians travelling to work overseas.