Migrant worker ‘commits suicide’ in
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An Indonesian migrant worker from Maros regency,
South Sulawesi, reportedly hung herself in Dubai, United Arab
The worker, identified as Darni binti Eli Maknun, 33, was
declared dead on Oct. 18, but her family was only informed of her passing on
Notice of her death was received in a letter from PT Prima Duta
Persada, a labor exporting company. The letter was accompanied by an attachment
from a hospital in Dubai about the cause of death. According to the letter, she
experienced difficulty in breathing due to breathing problems and scratches were
found on her neck due to rope winding.
The hospital also mentioned that
the woman’s body was clean without any fractures, while her body cavity was also
free from any signs that led to her death.
Darwin, the deceased’s
husband, said his family did not believe the cause of Darni’s death. “It’s
difficult to believe the information we received. She [Darni] is a devout woman,
who was a member of Muslim prayer assembly. Moreover, she went to Dubai to work
to enable her to send her daughter to school,” he said on Friday.
16-year-old daughter now studies at a vocational school in Maros. Darni dreamed
of enabling her daughter to get a good job, to help lift the family out of
Darwin himself is a seasonal worker without a fixed wage. As a
rental car driver, it is difficult for him to support all his family’s needs.
The family now lives in a rented house.
Darni left for Dubai the second
week of last September, but had not sent any money home.
that PT Prima Duta Persada and the Indonesian government through the Foreign
Ministry and Indonesian Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, would
investigate the cause of Darni’s death.
“We suspect that there is
something fishy behind her death because during her time in Dubai, Darni used to
complain to family and friends. She once said that she was overloaded with work.
She said her employer had two wives and nine children, so she was forced to work
from 5 a.m. to midnight [local time] every day,” Darwin said.
suspicions grew stronger when Jumlilah, an employee of PT Prima Duta Persada,
gave the letter to him and prevented Darwin from giving the info to the
“He threatened that if I spoke to the media, Darni’s body would be
sent home without compensation, insurance or mourning money,” he
Muhammad Pristiwanto, a director of PT Prima Duta, said he only
re-ceived the letter from Dubai on Oct. 19. It was difficult to reach the
family, so they received the late notice, he said.
Darni’s death, according to Pristiwanto, has been reported to the Foreign
Ministry and the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant
He further said that his company would help arrange
the return of Darni’s body to her