Date
18 October 2017
Bitbit Pujiati (inset) suffered some injuries as she took on a man who was trying to attack her elderly female employer. Photos: RTHK, Apple Daily
Bitbit Pujiati (inset) suffered some injuries as she took on a man who was trying to attack her elderly female employer. Photos: RTHK, Apple Daily

Indonesian maid risks own life to save elderly employer

An Indonesian maid has won praise for saving her 84-year-old female employer from being attacked by a man in Kwai Chung last Friday.

In the incident that took place in Kau Wah Keng New Village, a man surnamed Tong initially attacked a 48-year-old village representative — a woman surnamed Tam — with a cutter inside the village office.

Tong then ran back to his home, grabbed a hammer and went to the house where a neighbor Chan Yuk-mei, 84, and her maid, Bitbit Pujiati, 31, lived.

When the maid answered the door, Tong stormed into the house.

On seeing Tong with a hammer in his hand and trying to force his way into Chan’s room, Pujiati grabbed the man from behind and held on to him tightly.

Chan was then able to get away from the house and cry out for help from the other people in the village, Ming Pao Daily reported over the weekend.

Pujiati, meanwhile, suffered some injuries as she fought off Tong.

As the villagers were alerted about the attack and made their way to Chan’s house, Tong escaped and went back to the village office where he tried to slash himself and commit suicide.

He was later detained by authorities and admitted to hospital for treatment of his injuries.

While the reason for the attacks on Tam and Chan is not clear, Tong later claimed that he was suffering from some psychological problems.

Chan’s son said his family was very thankful to Pujiati as she had risked her own life to save the elderly woman. 

Chan told Apple Daily that she would have probably got killed had it not been for the courageous act of Pujiati.

The family plans to show its gratitude by giving the maid some presents.

As for Tong, he will be taken to a court on Nov. 20 to face charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Tam, Chan and Pujiati.

A hearing was supposed to take place Monday, but was rescheduled as the assailant is yet to be discharged from hospital.

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