High de­mand for do­mes­tic helpers

> Maid im­passe crit­i­cal as au­thor­i­ties yet to find so­lu­tion


PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The cur­rent In­done­sian maid im­passe could take a turn for the worse if the au­thor­i­ties fail to find a so­lu­tion by year-end.

Malaysian Maid Employers As­so­ci­a­tion (Mama) pres­i­dent Engku Fauzi Engku Muh­sein said fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion by the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment to stop send­ing maids by next year, the de­mand for them has since spiked.

“In Fe­bru­ary, the cost of bring­ing an In­done­sian maid into the coun­try through proper chan­nels was RM14,000. Now it is RM16,000. It would not be sur­pris­ing if it shoots up to RM20,000 by year-end ... such is the de­mand,” he told theSun yes­ter­day.

De­spite ear­lier re­ports and ris­ing costs, Engku Fauzi said the au­thor­i­ties have yet to seek al­ter­na­tive mea­sures to al­le­vi­ate the sit­u­a­tion.

“Noth­ing was done over the months. There were re­ports of Cam­bo­dia will­ing to send do­mes­tic helpers to the coun­try but noth­ing has been signed or sealed till today.

“While the cost con­tin­ues to in­crease due to the ris­ing de­mand, there is also no guar­an­tee on the cur­rent batch of In­done­sian maids work­ing in the coun­try.

“For ex­am­ple, there have been nu­mer­ous cases of such maids run­ning off, thus cost­ing the employers huge losses,” he said.

As such, he opined that the au­thor­i­ties should ei­ther seek to bring in maids from other source coun­tries or re­duce the de­pen­dency on for­eign maids by train­ing the lo­cal work force to un­der­take such du­ties.

“The au­thor­i­ties should be more sen­si­tive to­wards the needs of the rakyat.

“This is be­cause the do­mes­tic help sec­tor is at a crit­i­cal stage whereby mid­dle in­come groups are un­able to af­ford maids and that de­mand is way above sup­ply.”

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