While expressing her sadness and sympathies for the victim, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the government would not tolerate such inhumane and demeaning conduct.
"Malaysia is a sovereign state where human rights are respected. The Malaysian Constitution guarantees the rights to be safe and protected at all times, regardless if you are a local citizen of a foreigner," she said in a statement today.
She was commenting on the case of Adelina Lisio, 28, who died at Bukit Mertajam Hospital on Sunday after she was believed to have been abused in a house at Taman Kota Permai 2, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
According to reports, several neighbours alleged that the woman was forced to sleep with a Rottweiler at the car porch for over a month, before she was rescued on Saturday.
According to Rohani, it was unethical of employers to abuse their domestic helpers and such incidents were regarded as serious and should be addressed by everyone to prevent a repeat of the incident.
As such, she called on the community to help if they suspected or have identified such cases in their neighbourhoods.
Rohani added that the ministry would continue to give its support to domestic workers who were mostly women, through several measures among them, providing the KASIH line at 15999 to report on abuse cases as well as provide shelter to protect victims.
"In addition, counseling service will be extended to domestic workers who were under pressure from employers as well as in helping families deal with stress, which could lead to acts of violence against maids," she said.