15 May '11, 10pm

Malaysia set for influx of Indonesian maids as two-year ban comes to an end

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's two-year moratorium barring Indonesian domestic workers is expected to end this month and labour agents in Jakarta are preparing to dispatch 1,000 domestic workers a month to Malaysia from June in order to meet the demand. Association of Indonesian Labour Exporters chairman Yunus Yamani told Malaysian newspaper The Star in Jakarta that recruitment agencies have stepped up their training of maids over the past two months in anticipation of the lifting of the ban. The moratorium was called two years ago as Malaysia looked into a rising number of maid-abuse cases in the country. But the side effect was a rise in Indonesian women entering the country illegally, or on tourist visas, to work as domestic helpers, while Malaysian households struggled with a maid shortage, with an estimated 25,000 families on waiting lists for foreign maids, according to T...

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