Setapak police station in Kuala Lumpur where the case is being investigated. Photo: Google Maps

Police in Malaysia are investigating claims that an employer badly beat his 62-year-old Indonesian maid, leaving her with hearing problems and bruises all over her body.

The 50-year-old man allegedly started beating the Indonesian domestic worker on the first day she started working for him in his house in Kuala Lumpur.

On April 4 the maid, Sit Hajar Mohd Yatim, fled by climbing a two-meter wall around the house in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, and was later sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for examination and treatment after being helped by members of the public, China Press reported.

The maid said she initially took the job after being referred by one of her relatives and the pay was 900 ringgits (US$233) a month. She said that at first the 50-year-old employer did not appear to be a bad-tempered man.

However, her nightmare started on her first day on the job when she was punched in the face after the employer accused her of stealing food. Her mobile phone, identification card and ATM card were all confiscated to prevent her seeking help or running away.

The physical violence and insults quickly escalated and the employer started beating her with a stick and cane, leaving her injured and her body covered in bruises. She suffered hearing problems due to the beatings. The man would also spit at her and shout using foul language.

On April 1, the man beat her badly and threatened her at knifepoint when she was accused of stealing money despite there being no evidence.

Setapak police have been following up on the allegations of abuse, which was confirmed by Wangsa Maju district police chief Mohammad Roy Suhaimi Sarif.

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