ex-employers ordered to pay RM129,147 in damages - Bernama
Published: 1 November 2014
The High Court yesterday ordered the former employers of Indonesian maid Nirmala Bonat to pay her RM129,147.20 in damages for abusing and injuring her 10 years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Siti Khadijah S. Hassan Badjenid allowed the suit filed by Nirmala
(pic) and also ordered Yim Pek Ha and her husbnd Hii Ik Ting, as the defendants, to pay RM10,000 in costs to the woman who came from Desa Tuapakas, Kota Kupang, Indonesia.
Siti Khadijah made the decision after Nirmala
managed to prove her case against the defendants.
The sum of damages was for the injuries Nirmala
had suffered on her
breasts, back, arms, head, face, mouth and nose, besides the emotional stress.
The court, however, rejected Nirmala
's application for compensation with regard to medical expenses incurred, loss of ability to earn income and for transport costs as the plaintiff (Nirmala) failed to prove her
case in these.
In her written judgement which was distributed to the press yesterday, Siti Khadijah said Nirmala
had suffered a lot of pain from the physical injuries inflicted upon her which had also caused her emotional strain.
The judicial commissioner stated that Nirmala
also had to endure embarrassment from pictures taken of injuries to her
body, including her
intimate parts, which were made public.
who was represented by counsel M. Kavimani, was not present in court.
On January 28, 2010, Nirmala
, 29, filed the suit against Yim, 46, and Hii, 48, for injuries and pain she
had suffered while under their employment as a domestic maid at the couple's home in Villa Putera, Jalan Tun Dr Ismail after she
was hired in September 2003.
said that Hii failed to prevent his
wife from physically abusing her
and also failed to give her
proper medical treatment for her
claimed general damages for pain and sufferings and special damages of over RM40,000 for loss of income, cost of medical treatment and other costs to be assessed by the court.