New ruling on maids will hurt them, say maid agencies


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Jul 2005

BY AUDREY EDWARDS

KUALA LUMPUR: Employers stand to lose out with the ruling that foreign maids should be paid from their first month of employment, said the Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies. 

10 Clicks To Victory Contest Vice-president Jeffrey Foo said agencies in countries like Indonesia charge employers on advance salaries and the amount would be deducted from the maid’s salary once she starts working. 

“That is why she does not receive her salary for the first few months.  

“If the employer is charged RM5,000, about RM2,500 goes to the Indonesian agency.  

“So, if employers now have to start paying from the first month of employment, they would lose that amount,” he said. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said on Tuesday that from Aug 1 maid recruitment agencies could not charge more than RM2,500 for each foreign maid.  

He also said the Government had decided that all foreign maids should receive their wages from the first month of employment. 

Foo said under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Indonesia in 1995, the recruitment fee for Malaysian agencies was RM1,870 and that for Indonesian agencies was RM1,050. 

He said the association had requested the Government to allow them to source for maids from Nepal, Vietnam and Myanmar and to reduce the minimum age for maids from 25 to 20 years. 

Foo also said they wanted to have a dialogue with the relevant authorities over the ruling, adding that they were disappointed that they had not been consulted over the matter.  

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