Cambodian embassy officials in Malaysia are investigating the death of a Cambodian domestic worker earlier in July and plan to interview neighbors of her former employer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reported that embassy officials had been dispatched to Penang province to investigate the cause of woman’s death, following allegations made recently that she was abused.(WCxKit)
The deceased woman’s aunt, Sorn Chanthy, 38, from Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, commented she did not believe her 19-year-old niece, Choy Pich, died from pneumonia July 17 as reported by labor recruitment firm AP TSE & C Cambodia Resource Co., Ltd. A medical check conducted prior to her niece leaving for Malaysia in September last year, she remarked, gave her a clean bill of health and the young woman had never previously suffered from any diseases.
Concerns were raised about the maid’s death after an email was sent to news aggregation site Khmerization by a person familiar with the situation.
The email alleging abuse noted the date of death, TSE and the area of Malaysia in which Choy Pich died but incorrectly identified the victim’s name and age. Nevertheless, it sparked rights groups and politicians to seek an investigation into the worker’s death. It also fuelled Sorn Chanthy’s suspicions that abuse, not disease, was the cause of her niece’s demise.(WCxKit)
Seng Sithichey, president of AP TSE & C, reiterated his belief that a medical certificate from Malaysia showed Choy Pich had died from pneumonia and said he was unsure what to do with her body, which would be costly to repatriate.
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