Following a recent spate of cases in which domestic helpers in Malaysia have been abused and mistreated by their employers, Indonesia is considering plans to temporarily stop sending its domestic helpers to Malaysia, a report has said.
Manpower and Transmigration Minister Erman Suparno said the government would be forced to act unless the abuse stopped.
"We will likely stop it temporarily. We will have a meeting on June 23 with several related ministers to conduct a preliminary evaluation," he was quoted by the state-run Antara news agency.
Malaysia currently has no laws governing conditions for domestic workers but the government has promised to draft legislation to protect them from sexual harassment, non-payment of wages and poor conditions.
Suparno said the government would block the flow of domestic servants "until the Malaysian government gives us an assurance that it will protect Indonesian migrant workers there."
Indonesian ministers, the national police chief and several other officials are due to meet in Malaysia on June 22 to discuss ways to improve the legal provisions that protect the rights of domestic workers.
“There are proposals to consider to stop sending maids to Malaysia for a few months, to review and improve the system and discuss problems faced by maids such as abuse and unpaid salary,” said Teguh Hendro Cahyono, labour officer with the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
AFP, Indonesia mulls stopping sending maids to Malaysia, 20 June 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gxc7JbSZQ_uF__uBGDQZf...