30 Apr '17, 9pm

Celebration and protest as Indonesian president visits Hong Kong - Channel NewsAsia

HONG KONG: Indonesia's President Joko Widodo was greeted by a mixture of celebration and protest in Hong Kong on Sunday (Apr 30) with calls to improve working conditions for the city's army of foreign maids. There are around 170,000 Indonesians living in Hong Kong, many of them employed as domestic helpers, and concern over exploitation is growing after a string of abuse cases. In a rock concert atmosphere Widodo was greeted by exuberant music and dance shows, including some performances by helpers themselves, at the city's Asia World Expo Sunday. The more than 5,000-strong crowd were mainly women working as maids who said they were excited to see the leader - but also called on him to help them. "I hope the president can make our workplace safe," one domestic helper named Miasih told AFP, saying her employer breaches her contract by making her work in two apartments. "It'...

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