Maid goes AWOL after working in Singapore for two weeks
Employer offers reward for info on Indonesian maid, but agency that he hired her from says insurance only applies if maid goes missing in Singapore
A Singaporean employer offered a reward up to 2,000 ringgits (US$467) for information regarding his 35-year-old Indonesian maid who allegedly ran away while he accompanied his wife to a medical appointment in Malaysia on July 21 afternoon.
The 34-year-old engineer surnamed Ip told Lianhe Wanbao in Singapore that his 35-year-old Indonesian domestic worker named Eriyah, who had just arrived and served the family for two weeks, was last seen in Taman Nusa Bestari in Johor Bahru.
At 2:40pm, Ip’s wife, who recently had a baby, attended a medical appointment with a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.
Ip and his three children went into the consultation room, while his 60-year-old mother and Eriyah were left to wait outside. The maid was later nowhere to be seen after the elderly woman visited the toilet.
After a 30-minute search in the area, Ip filed a missing person report with the Malaysian police at 3:30pm and then filed a similar report to police in Singapore the same evening.
Ip paid S$4,000 (US$2,938) in full to the employment agency for a referral fee and the maid’s salary for six months, Shin Min Daily News reported.
But the agency said its insurance only applies when a maid goes missing in Singapore, meaning that Ip might not be able to get any compensation.
The employer suspected that the runaway was planned, as Eriyah had been urging him to buy her a prepaid mobile SIM card, and had been going out and talking a lot on the phone for the past two weeks.