KUALA LUMPUR: Nepal, which suspended supply of its domestic workers to Malaysia in 2007, is set to open its doors again.
The Labour and Transport Management Ministry has agreed in principle to the Nepali Embassy's request to lift the suspension with a fresh memorandum of understanding being considered.
In its draft proposal, the embassy suggested that monthly wages be set at RM650 and that Buddhist, Christian and Muslim Nepali domestic workers be sent to employers of similar religious faiths here.
Ambassador Dr Rishi Raj Adhikari, who recommended the suspension after being posted here in 2007, said the time was right to resume supply of Nepali domestic workers.
He said the ministry had given a verbal go-ahead to the draft MoU.
“When I first arrived here, I came across cases of maid abuse and I proposed a suspension of the supply of our domestic workers.
“But these were isolated cases and I know that domestic workers are generally well treated here. I have spoken to the (ministry) secretary-general on resuming supply and he has told me that approval will be given,” Dr Adhikari said.
Nepal's decision will ease the hardship felt by Malaysian families who are in dire need of domestic help following Indonesia's freeze on the supply of its maids.
There are about 174,000 Nepali workers registered in Malaysia.
On the Home Ministry's decision to freeze the intake of Nepali security guards, Dr Adhikari said Deputy Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong and ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam had assured him that approvals would still be given on a case-by-case basis.