Indonesian maid influx expectedJAKARTA: Indonesian labour agents expect to despatch 1,000 domestic workers every month to Malaysia after the republic lifts the two-year moratorium.
Association of Indonesian Labour Exporters chairman Yunus Yamani said recruitment agencies had been training workers over the past two months in anticipation of the lifting of the ban.
He said many Indonesian maids still preferred to work in Malaysia due to language and cultural similarities.
“Some (workers) went to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Taiwan but ended up returning to their villages to wait for the ban (on Malaysia to be lifted) or to find work nearer home.
“Before the ban, some 3,000 Indonesians entered Malaysia to work as domestic workers,” he told The Star in an interview here.
Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta have signed a Letter of Intent to give a new dimension to the employment of domestic workers in Malaysia and the two countries agreed on revised terms.
A joint working task force was set up to scrutinise four main issues pertaining to the recruitment of maids a day's rest every week, handling of the maid's passport according to Immigration laws, the structure of fees charged by recruiting agents and on runaway maids.
Yunus said Indonesian domestic workers were also finding it less attractive to work overseas as many had been able to find employment locally.
“Out of 500 domestic workers, 100 have dropped out of the market as they are no longer interested in working overseas,” he said, adding that some of them could earn up to 1.5 million rupiah a month in Jakarta, which is equivalent to about RM500.
“There are also many factories set up by Taiwanese and Korean investors in recent years,” he added.
Saudi Arabia overtook Malaysia last year as the country with the largest number of Indonesian migrant workers, with 367,719 of them.
A total of 154,202 Indonesian migrant workers arrived in Malaysia last year.
Why are we taking more Indon maids when those who are already in this country are giving trouble to the employers?
That is excluding the one who robs the employer in a plan with the sleezy maid agency. There are also lots of prurient maid who are younger and will tackle the husband of the household they are working at. This will surely destroy the household's marriage.
Just stop taking in Indons. There are many single mothers here who are unemployed and some had already been trained to be home managers by the Women's Ministry.
Rather than helping foreigners, help our own people first. I HATE INDONS!
Send those illegal INDON workers back to INDON because they are committing crimes by robbing our people. FUCK YOU INDON!