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根據現有消息，印尼家務工 Elis Kurniasih BT Ahi Komarudi於3月11日早上，在她所屬的陽光女傭中心宿舍陽台準備祈禱禮拜時，被突然跌下的冷氣機底座石屎擊中及折斷脊骨。Elis現時正留院搶救，命懸一線。
Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers – Hong Kong
12 March 2015
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Tel. No.: 69920878
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Make the living and working condition of FDWs safe
The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB-IMA-HK) is shocked by the misfortune that befell one of our fellow foreign domestic worker (FDW) and calls for a thorough investigation on what happened.
According to information gathered, Indonesian domestic worker Elis Kurniasih BT Ahi Komarudi, went out to the balcony of the boarding house where her agency, Sun Light Employment Agency, accommodates FDWs waiting for their employment on the morning of March 11 to pray. While preparing, the concrete base of the air conditioner (A/C) fell on her and broke her backbone. She now lies in a hospital where her life is now hanging in the balance.
Elis went back to Hong Kong last March 5 to wait for the commencement of her employment after waiting for her visa to be processed. She used to work with a different employer for three years before terminating her contract and finding a new employer after which she left HK while her employment is being processed.
Elis is a member of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers (ATKI-HK) which is an affiliate of the AMCB-IMA-HK.
What happened to her must be fully investigated and accountability and liability must be established.
Moreover, Elis’ case is just one more reason to fully look into the living and also working condition of FDWs. The case of Filipina domestic worker months ago who died while sleeping because a cabinet fell down on her head, the numerous accounts of horrid living arrangements FDWs have to contend with because of the mandatory live-in rule, and now what happened to Elis while under the supposed care and protection of agency – these are more than enough reasons for the government of Hong Kong and of sending countries like Indonesia to look into the matter of what causes the heightened vulnerability of FDWs to such a tragedy.
This should not be treated as an isolated case. Like Erwiana’s case before, it cannot be removed from the condition of life and work that policies of Hong Kong and our governments set for us for these are what shape our situation. How we live, where we stay, what kind of condition are we living in, what our movements will be – these and more are basically dictated by policies governing our deployment and employment such as the Indonesian government’s rule of not allowing a change in employment agency within the first two years of employment or by the Two-Week Rule and mandatory live-in rule by the HK government.
We call for fellow FDWs to show support to Elis much like what we’ve shown to Erwiana.
We call on the authorities of Hong Kong and Indonesia to learn lessons from what happened to Erwiana and now with Elis: our wellbeing and living conditions are your responsibility.