02 Dec '11, 7am

Indonesia, M'sia reach domestic-worker deal

JAKARTA: Indonesia has lifted a ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia after both countries agreed on a minimum salary increase and measures to end abuse and torture, an official said Friday. Jakarta implemented the ban in June 2009 after a spate of workers reported shocking abuse cases at the hands of their Malaysian employers. "We revoked it Thursday after both countries agreed on a number of deals aimed at improving protection for Indonesian workers," labour ministry director-general for Indonesian workers abroad Reyna Usman told AFP. Most of Malaysia's foreign maids are Indonesian women, who often work for as little as 400 ringgit ($130) a month and have no specific laws governing their work conditions. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in May to improve conditions for Indonesian maids, but Jakarta said it would only officially revoke the ban ...

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