Abu Zahar: Same-religion ruling in hiring foreign maids

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  • Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry will introduce regulations to ensure that foreign maids are only employed by individuals having the same religion as them. 

“The ministry plans to introduce these regulations, especially for Indonesian maids,” its parliamentary secretary Datuk Abu Zahar Isnin said in the Dewan Negara yesterday. 

He said recruitment agencies would be required to ensure that Muslim maids were only hired by Muslims and the same principle applied for non-Muslim maids. 

“The laws are being drafted and are still at the preliminary stages,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.  

“The regulations would allow foreign maids to work in a more conducive situation,” he said. 

The Health Ministry urged the public not to listen to rumours which claimed that pigs were hosts of the virus which caused the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. 

Its parliamentary secretary S. Sothinathan said the public could obtain information on SARS through statements issued by the ministry or the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

“Don’t listen to rumours. Any information on SARS will be made by WHO or if it’s in Malaysia, by the Health Minister or Health director-deneral,” he said to a question from Senator Datuk Karim Ghani. – Bernama 

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