KUCHING: Indonesia has reiterated its stand that it will stop exporting maids after 2017.
Its Consul-General in Sarawak, Djoko Harjanto, said a new policy under the republic’s Domestic Worker Roadmap 2017 not only involved Malaysia but worldwide.
Djoko said the policy was announced by Manpower and Transmigration Ministry about two years ago.
“The ministry had made a statement about this. Not only no more export of domestic helpers to Malaysia – to everywhere in the world,” he said when met at Hari Raya open house at his residence here on Thursday.
Under the roadmap, the Indonesian government wants to ensure maids are treated like other workers when they work abroad, including earning the minimum wages, getting leave and working fixed hours.
It aims to raise the skills of the thousands of Indonesians going overseas to work.
Djoko said as far as Sarawak was concerned, there were not many domestic helpers coming to the state.
In fact, he said, generally the number of Indonesians working in the state had reduced in recent years due to the more employment opportunities at home.
“The decrease is not due to any government policy but there are more jobs in Indonesia nowadays, so our people naturally prefer to work in their own country.”
Djoko said there were now about 200,000 Indonesians working legally in Sarawak, mainly in the oil palm estates and construction sites.