Indon’s best choice : Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  Working in Malaysia is the best choice to make, not only because of the many chances to improve the standard of living, but also to have good employers, good salary and peaceful working environment, according to several legal Indonesian workers here.

However, one thing that should remain the biggest concern is having valid working permits and travel documents, said newly appointed Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Herman Prayitno.

He said he did not want Indonesian nationals to take lightly the question of valid documents like passports and working permits, because these documents would prevent the holders from getting into trouble and would also protect their rights in Malaysia.

“Indonesian nationals in Malaysia must adhere to the laws in the country at all times while working and living peacefully here,” he said during his recent meeting with several Indonesian workers here.

It is estimated that two million Indonesian nationals are currently working in Malaysia, 20% of whom are maids.

One of them, 37-year-old Sutini, who is working as a domestic helper in Cameron Highlands, Pahang, said she never thought that her employer, Ngeow Yee Kong, 50, would welcome her with an open heart and treat her as part of the family.

“I love and respect my employer and the family. When my employer’s mother fell sick, I took care of her like she was my own mother whom I lost when I was a little girl,” she said.

After eight years with the same employer, Sutini said she was even trusted to run the family’s vegetable business after her employer was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Another Indonesian maid, Khomisah Khasanudin, 39, said working in Malaysia had also enabled her to improve her skills and to communicate better in English.

“Here, I’m able to take up an English class and it’s free. I cannot believe my luck. When I go back to East Java, I will be able to speak English,” said Khomisah.

Meanwhile, Yuri Hudiyana Utami, head of the association of Indonesian mothers in Kuala Lumpur, known as IndoKL Women, said the awkward feeling for having to move into a foreign land was felt just in the first couple of months.

The same language and socio-culture, the variety of public transportation, the Malaysian hospitality and the peaceful environment were the factors that had kept her here, said Yuri, who has been living in Malaysia for almost 10 years.   – Bernama