It's becoming rampant and authorities are not going to be quiet about it. Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam has directed the Labour Department to coordinate with the authorities in prosecuting employers found to have abused their maids.
"We will do everything we can to support the authorities as they take legal action against those involved," he said in a media report.
The minister stressed that any case of abuse involving maids would not be tolerated in Malaysia.
He said his ministry would ensure the safety and health of workers and uphold social justice.
"The workplace rights and protection provided to our citizens are equally important to foreign workers in Malaysia, including those from Indonesia," he said.
Dr Subramaniam's statement comes in the wake of the death of Indonesian maid Mantik Hani, 36, from Surabaya, after alleged abuse by her employer, the report said.
"We are shocked by the allegations being made in the case of Mantik Hani. I have already said yesterday that the government viewed this matter very seriously," he said.