Date
25 November 2017
Domestic helpers stage a rally outside the office of the employment agency that hired Elis Kurniasih in North Point Tuesday. Photo: HK Helpers Campaign
Domestic helpers stage a rally outside the office of the employment agency that hired Elis Kurniasih in North Point Tuesday. Photo: HK Helpers Campaign

Protest over death of Indonesian maid crushed by concrete slab

Around 60 foreign domestic helpers staged a protest over the death of an Indonesian domestic helper who was hit by a concrete slab that fell off a building in North Point last week.

Elis Kurniasih, 33, died in the hospital on Monday, five days after she was hit by a 60-kilogram granite block that broke off from around an air-conditioning unit three stories above.

Carrying placards that read “Justice for Elis”, the protesters rallied outside the office of Sunlight Employment Agency in North Point. The firm had arranged for her to stay at the hostel where the accident happened pending the approval of her new employment contract.

They said the agency and her employer should take responsibility for her death. Police listed it as a case of manslaughter, although nobody had been arrested.

Eni Lestari, a leader of the protesters, said Elis’ death was not an accident but a man-made tragedy.

She said the maid had stayed at the agency because her new employer decided not to hire her until after two months. Meanwhile, the agency had arranged for Elis to live in an open platform with only a canvas awning serving as the roof, Eni said.

The general manager of the employment agency said the company had remitted HK$50,000 in death benefits to the victim’s family and would pay for the repatriation of her remains.

Elis was a single mother with two children, aged 10 and 13. She was the sole breadwinner of the family, which includes her parents and a brother, the report said.

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