KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 21,388 employers have registered with the direct hiring system for foreign maids, dubbed the Maid Online System (SMO), says Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.
The Deputy Home Minister said the employers are in the midst of finalising the process of hiring the maids.
“Some 1.6 million people have visited the online portal, while 21,388 have registered.
“It shows a good trend, as the system makes it more convenient for employers to hire foreign maids,” he told a press conference after launching the meeting of Asean Immigration Heads on Tuesday (Aug 7).
The hiring system for foreign maids was introduced to ensure that the ministry, through the Immigration Department, delivers optimum services for the people.
The system, which was introduced on Jan 1, would give employers the choice of hiring domestic helpers directly from nine source countries.
These are Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and India.
Under the direct hire policy, employers only need to pay the Government RM1,635, as deposit fees have been reduced from RM1,000 to RM500, while the processing fee will be RM250 compared with RM500 previously.
The new direct hiring system for foreign maids also contains an employment contract template for the protection of both employer and employee.
Although the agreement is made directly between employers and domestic helpers, without the involvement of agents, both parties will still have to abide by the department’s regulations.
The contract under the direct hiring system also requires employers to provide insurance for their workers.
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