Give precise directions on how to hire foreign domestic helpers, Pusma tells govt

PETALING JAYA: Give precise directives on the hiring of foreign domestic helpers so that employment agencies can start the hiring process as soon as possible, says the National Association of Human Resources Malaysia (Pusma).

Its president Zarina Ismail said since the government's announcement in March to allow the entry of foreign domestic helpers who are stranded overseas, there was still no circular from the relevant departments on the matter.

She added it has caused employment agencies to be in limbo when faced with a lot of pressure from employers questioning why their applications cannot proceed.

"We would like to strongly urge the government and the relevant authorities to urgently release a set of precise directives, such as a memo or circular to the related departments, as well as for the embassies of the foreign countries so that all the employment agencies and employers can proceed with the application for new foreign domestic helpers as soon as possible," she said in a statement on Wednesday (May 5).

On May 1, the Immigration Department said it has not received any applications for the hiring of new foreign domestic helpers despite the go-ahead for maid agencies to start the process while waiting for borders to reopen.

Zarina also welcomed the statement from the Immigration Department acknowledging the opening of the process for bringing in foreign domestic helpers, confirming that the process for hiring new foreign domestic helpers remained unchanged.

"However, all private employment agencies and employers are left in a dilemma as everyone was told to wait for the relevant memo or circular before proceeding, and thus this explains the reason for the zero applications mentioned," she said.

She added that feedback from respective embassies of source countries indicated that they are also not proceeding on the issue since they have yet to receive any memo from the Malaysian Government.

"It is very clear that the processing of applications for new foreign domestic helpers is now permitted, but we hope our government can quickly take further action to ensure that it will materialise," she said.

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