NGANJUK, East Java: After returning dwelling to Indonesia, former home helper Parti Liyani stated she hopes her acquittal can inspire other migrant workers who’re dealing with authorized issues to by no means give up if they’re harmless.
Ms Parti, who labored for ex-Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong, was accused of stealing from her former employer’s household and initially convicted in 2019 however acquitted by the High Court of all theft fees final 12 months.
Speaking to CNA at her household dwelling in East Java province on Wednesday (Feb 3), Ms Parti, 46, stated she hopes what occurred to her can inspire other migrant workers to maintain on combating if they didn’t do something improper.
“If you’re innocent, you have to defend yourself and fight. Don’t give up.
“Don’t think because you have a family (to take care of), you have to quit. Don’t be like that. Hopefully, there won’t be any case like this again in Singapore,” she stated, including that she has no regrets.
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Ms Parti was cleared of all fees in September final 12 months however solely returned to Indonesia on Jan 27.
A disciplinary tribunal has been convened to look into allegations of misconduct by prosecutors of their dealing with of the theft trial. Ms Parti is predicted to return to Singapore forward of ongoing proceedings.
Indonesia presently imposes a five-day obligatory quarantine regulation for individuals arriving from overseas because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After present process a polymerase chain response (PRC) check on the third day in East Java’s capital Surabaya which got here again unfavorable, she was allowed to return to Nganjuk, a drive of about 2.5 hours.
She took one other PCR check on day 5 and was informed to remain at dwelling for the subsequent 9 days.
Ms Parti stated she was overjoyed to reunite together with her household though she has but to give anybody a hug, wanting to maintain a secure distance till the top of the 14-day interval.
“It looks like a dream … I’m very blissful that I can return to Indonesia and meet my household.”
“I MISSED MY MOTHER THE MOST”
Ms Parti had not been dwelling for 4 years. With a tear in her eye, she stated: “I missed my mother the most. I miss the others too, but not as much as I missed mother.”
While the case was ongoing, she referred to as her mom as soon as a month however saved the state of affairs a secret as she didn’t need her to fret.
The sixth baby of 9, Ms Parti informed her siblings that she had an issue, however didn’t go into the main points.
She solely revealed the total image after she was cleared of the costs and her household noticed the information on native tv.
After realizing about what she has gone by means of, her mom saved asking why she was nonetheless overseas if she was free, Ms Parti recounted.
When CNA met Mdm Kasmi, who goes by one identify, the aged girl stated she is blissful that her daughter is dwelling.
Ms Parti stated she doesn’t wish to work overseas once more. She plans to spend her days taking good care of her mom, whereas maybe opening a meals stall in entrance of her home.
Ms Parti had been working with Mr Liew Mun Leong and his household from 2007 till Oct 28, 2016, when she was terminated abruptly.
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Ms Parti informed CNA that her relationship with the household was initially cordial. She stated that she barely spoke with Mr Liew Mun Leong as he was hardly ever at dwelling.
But in the future, there was a disagreement as she was ordered to wash Mr Karl Liew’s dwelling, which he had moved into someday in 2016, stated Ms Parti.
After being terminated, Ms Parti determined to return to Singapore to hunt employment, however was shocked when she was arrested at Changi Airport upon arrival on Dec 2, 2016. The accusation was that she had stolen from the Liew household.
During the trial, the East Java native was helped principally by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME). The NGO helped to get her a translator and paid for all her bills as she was not in a position to work after being arrested.
“I stayed at HOME’s (shelter) and was given allowance for personal needs. Everything was provided by HOME for four years and until I left on Jan 27; they also accompanied me to the airport,” stated Ms Parti.
There have been other migrant workers within the shelter who additionally had issues and Ms Parti spent her days serving to them. She stated that serving to others noticed her by means of the powerful instances.
She remembers serving to to accompany a fellow Indonesian migrant employee to the airport, manpower ministry and police station. “I had many activities. I didn’t want to stay put and just wait until my case ended. I was busy.”
Apart from HOME, the Indonesian embassy additionally checked on her frequently and a consultant was current in the course of the trial.
HIGH COURT VERDICT CAUGHT HER BY SURPRISE
During the trial, Ms Parti initially doubted whether or not she would prevail, she stated. But she was decided to not give up, realizing that she didn’t steal something.
Once her case reached the High Court, she began to suppose she may have an opportunity of profitable.
When the decision was learn out within the High Court, she didn’t realise what occurred as she was in a separate room with out her lawyer and HOME’s employees.
“When I left the room, they congratulated me. And I was like: ‘Why?’
“They told me that I won … and we all started crying out of joy. I could not believe it.”
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Looking forward, she hopes what occurred to her can be an eye-opener for employers.
“Hopefully, after my case, Singaporean employers will not accuse their maids arbitrarily. Even though they are maids, don’t look down on them,” she stated.