Cheaper to hire maids direct, say employers

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Jul 2011

PETALING JAYA: Hiring maids direct instead of going through agencies saves cost and the Immigration Department has made the process easy and painless, says an employer.

Ali Maju Restaurant chain owner Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan said it was expensive to pay RM7,000 to RM8,000 for a maid.

“By doing it myself, I spent a total of RM3,000 each for my two maids.

“That saved me thousands of ringgit,” he said when interviewed yesterday, adding that his brother had brought one of the maids back from Medan, Indonesia.

He praised the move to allow employers to hire maids without going through agents in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Indonesia in May.

“It is wonderful news. Many employers are still not aware that they don’t have to resort to maid agencies,” he said.

However, he said the Government should look into creating regulations that would make it compulsory for employers to buy insurance for their maids.

Employer Terry Miles, 31, decided to do it by himself after getting bad reviews about maid agencies.

“If cost is your concern, this is the way to do it,” he said, adding that he had spent around RM5,000 to obtain a maid.

However, he cautioned that employers would need to allocate a lot of time as it could be frustrating to complete all the required documentation.

Miles said the best way to search for trustworthy agents in the source country was through personal recommendations.

Employer Zulaikha Darus, 32, agreed that employers ought to personally know the agent they deal with in order to avoid getting conned.

“However, it’s critical to do research before applying. This will save you time,” she said.

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