20 Oct '11, 4pm

Indonesia to end M'sia maid ban

MATARAM, Indonesia: Indonesia will resume sending domestic helpers to Malaysia by the end of this year, marking an end to a more than two-year ban, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. A flood of complaints of mistreatment of domestic workers in Malaysia prompted Jakarta in June 2009 to ban maids from taking up jobs in the neighbouring country. "We both agreed that on December 1 this year, we will normalise labour cooperation with a condition," Yudhoyono told reporters during a joint press conference with the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Malaysia is one of Asia's largest importers of labour such as domestic workers, mainly from Indonesia. The women often work for as little as 400 ringgit (130 dollars) a month, and have no laws governing their working conditions. "I'm very glad that Malaysian people will be able to receive Indonesian domestic workers a...

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