CAMBODIAN MAIDS TO WORK HERE, AGAIN

First group of work­ers ex­pected to ar­rive af­ter Hari Raya, says min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News -

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PUTRAJAYA hashini@nst.com.my

MAIDS from Cam­bo­dia are ex­pected to come to our shores af­ter a six-year hia­tus. A joint com­mit­tee has fi­nalised agree­ments on re­cruit­ment, train­ing and em­ploy­ment con­di­tions for Cam­bo­di­ans to work as maids in Malaysia.

Hu­man Re­source Min­is­ter Datuk Richard Riot said the first batch of work­ers was ex­pected to ar­rive af­ter Hari Raya.

The Cambodian gov­ern­ment has agreed to lift the or­der made by Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen to stop do­mes­tic work­ers from com­ing to Malaysia in Oc­to­ber 2011, fol­low­ing re­ports of abuse, slave-like con­di­tions and deaths of women work­ing as house­maids.

Riot said this at the launch of a guide­book ti­tled “Guide­lines and Tips for Em­ploy­ers of For­eign Do­mes­tic Helpers” here yes­ter­day.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment saw both gov­ern­ments agree­ing to work­ers un­der­go­ing a month­long train­ing in Cam­bo­dia be­fore com­ing to Malaysia.

“This train­ing would in­clude ba­sic lan­guage skills in Ba­hasa Malaysia and English, han­dling of kitchen and home ap­pa­ra­tus.

“They will also be taught about the lo­cal cul­ture and re­li­gious needs of their prospec­tive em­ploy­ers,” said Riot.

Riot said a meet­ing in­volv­ing the joint com­mit­tee to iron out is­sues was held in Ph­nom Penh re­cently.

“I had a very fruit­ful dis­cus­sion with Cambodian Labour and Vo­ca­tional Train­ing min­is­ter in Ph­nom Penh and we are look­ing for­ward to the ar­rival of the first batch,” he added.

Riot said the number of maids would be based on de­mand.

Malaysian Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Em­ploy­ment Agen­cies (Pikap) pres­i­dent Datuk Raja Zulke­p­ley Da­ha­lan said be­fore 2011, there were some 30,000 for­eign do­mes­tic work­ers.

“But cur­rently, there are only about 1,000 Cam­bo­dia maids in the coun­try.”

One is­sue, he said, that should be ad­dressed was the salary for these maids, rang­ing from RM1,000 to RM1,200.

“Other coun­tries, such as Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, have much higher salaries for maids. So, it is time for us to re­view our salary scale for the do­mes­tic maids.”

BERNAMA PIC

Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot show­ing the guide­book in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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