Indonesian Maid Back to Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR (June,2) — Indonesia’s decision to lift the freeze on maids to Malaysia, effective Dec 1, last year, followed with the arrival in the country three days ago, of the first batch of maids.
The 29 women from East Java, who were introduced to their respective employers at a special ceremony here today, will begin work immediately.
Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) president Jeffrey Foo said the re-entry of the Indonesian maids was via a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and Indonesia, which was finalised last November.
He said the MoU would secure the well-being of maids from the neighbouring country, especially with regard to payment of salary and scope of duties.
“The employer is now obliged to open a special account for Indonesian maids to remit their salary, which would be monitored to ensure no manipulation,” Foo told reporters during the ceremony.
He said the duties of the maids were confined to household tasks and it was their discretion whether to accept the additional responsibility of looking after a child or senior citizen. — Bernama