KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7— The Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked the Malaysian envoy being sued in New York for allegedly treating a Sri Lankan maid like a slave to resolve the case amicably.
According to a statement from the ministry’ department of communications and public diplomacy, Wisma Putra was aware of the lawsuit filed against the diplomat, who previously was stationed at the Office of Consul-General in New York.
“This is a case involving private contractual agreement, and will thus be dealt with according to the due process of law.
“The matter has been brought to the attention of the officer involved with instructions that it should be resolved amicably,” it said in a statement.
According to the New York Post, the maid, Parimaladevi “Mala” Jeganathan claimed that her employers Tamil Arasi Krishnan and husband Danish Kumar had restricted her from leaving their posh apartment and made her work over 15 hours a day for a mere US$1.71 (RM6.95) an hour “when she was paid at all”.
The news report said the couple kept the maid at home and warned that if she left, “black people” would harm her.
In 2014, Krishnan, based on the report, had allegedly told Jeganathan that her visa was coming to an end and that it was apparently too expensive to renew. He allegedly threatened to send her back to war-torn Sri Lanka if she did not work for another three-and-half years.
Afraid of being sent back, Jeganathan then contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she was taken in before subsequently filing the suit.