Over S$28,000 has been raised via an online fundraiser on Giving.sg created by local NGO, Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) on behalf of Indonesian domestic worker, Parti Liyani who was recently acquitted at the High Court for allegations of theft — meeting the target sum within just a day.
The amount raised is meant to help Parti rebuild her life and realise her dreams, and allow her to support herself and her family in a sustained way.
Parti had been staying with HOME at its shelter in December 2016. She had been accused of theft by her former employer of eight years, Mr Liew Mun Leong, the chairman of Changi Airport Group two days after he had abruptly terminated her services abruptly on 28 Oct 2016.
Since her arrest in Dec 2016 after returning to Singapore, Parti has spent almost four years at HOME’s shelter, waiting for the conclusion of her case.
During this time she was not allowed to work, and thus had to rely on HOME to provide her with shelter, food, and financial assistance. She was also not allowed to leave the country, and had no means of seeing her family back home.
In a media interview on Friday, Parti shared that she has not told her mother about the charges against her since she was arrested in 2016 as she does not want her mother to worry.
Fortunately, Parti was fully acquitted at the High Court last Friday (4 Sept) by Justice Chan Seng Onn, of the four charges of theft after she appealed against her convictions in the lower court.
Justice Chan in his judgement wrote:
“I first observe that in the present case, which involved a voluminous number of items, the proper handling of the evidence by the police and recording of the allegedly stolen items is crucial in order to preserve the chain of custody of the items. Coupled with the existence of an improper motive by members of the Liew family for mounting the allegations against Parti, I find that the convictions against Parti are unsafe and accordingly acquit her of all the charges.”
In the fundraiser page, HOME notes how Parti has steadfastly maintained her innocence throughout.
“We are glad that justice has prevailed and that Yani’s conviction has been fully overturned.” wrote HOME and added, “We are glad that Yani has chosen to fight for her innocence, and refute the charges made against her by her former employers. We are pleased to have been able to support her, and in the process, get to know her kind, helpful, and spirited personality.”
In response to a media query of whether will she return to Singapore to seek a job, Parti has shared that she intends to start a food business once she is back home in Indonesia.