KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - A Malaysian couple has been charged with beating, scalding and exploiting their Indonesian maid in the latest such abuse case in Malaysia, despite new rules to protect domestic workers, a prosecutor said on Saturday.
Prosecutor Chuah Shyue Chien said Mohamad Shukur Suradi, 28, and his wife, Daeng Norulasyikin Bachok, 27, pleaded not guilty on Friday to causing grievous harm to their 21-year-old maid, Marsini, who like many Indonesians uses one name.
Mr Chuah alleged that the couple used a knife, a golf club, a clothes hanger and a belt to hit Marsini and scalded her with hot oil and water between July and Sept 23 at their home in southern Johor state.
The car salesman and his teacher wife were also charged under the Anti-Human Trafficking Act with exploiting Marsini by making her work long hours and against her will, Mr Chuah said. They face up to 35 years in jail and caning if convicted for both offenses.