KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) — If Indonesia presses ahead with its plan for its domestic helpers to be hired as formal workers with stipulated working hours and a day off weekly, then the least it can do is to ensure a fair deal for both the employer and the maid.
Indonesia has said that beginning next year it may not allow its women to work as live-in maids in foreign countries, including Malaysia. It wants a formal contract between the domestic helper and the employer, similar to the agreements drawn up for other foreign workers in other sectors.
What are the implications for employers if they have to make do with non live-in Indonesian maids?
WILLING TO CONSIDER
Malaysian Maid Employers Association (MAMA) President Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said while the association was willing to consider Indonesia’s proposed plan, it was, however, unclear on issues such as employer responsibilities and maid welfare.