KOMPAS.com – Indonesian migrant worker Ruri Alfath Mujaida died without family by her side in Malaysia. Her family in West Java later had to bear the pain even more as they had no money to bring her body back to Indonesia.
Ruri's sister Juju Juhairiyah, 41, said a recruiter from an employment agency told the family that the cost of repatriation was 32 million rupiahs ($2,100).
“If my sister was going to be buried there [in Malaysia], the cost was 9.8 million rupiahs ($666) and if her body was going to be repatriated then we’re required to pay 32 million rupiahs,” Juju said at her house in Parean Girang Village in Indramayu regency on Wednesday.
Ruri died on October 19 after a battle with tuberculosis in Malaysia. In September this year, she told her family about her illness and her desire to go home soon as her health was deteriorating, Juju recalled.
“In a video call, Ruri said she wanted to come home as soon as possible. She looked thin as she had been ill for almost five months. She just laid down as she could hardly walk.
“She was mistreated by her first employer,” Juju added.
A representative from the Fast Response Team of Women and Children’s Protection in Indramayu Regency, Adi Wijaya, said that the deceased has already been buried in Malaysia.
The family, Adi said, was informed and they already accepted her fate.
He explained that Ruri worked in Malaysia for three years. She went to work in Malaysia after she was recruited by an illegal employment agency in 2017.