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Still no end in sight for maid problem

From B.J. FERNANDE Z of Shah Alam.


Visa processing fees too high, say Indonesia agencies

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia’s largest association of employment agency operators is crying foul over the steep visa processing fees by a private company in Jakarta appointed by the Malaysian Government.


Bestinet: We just started a trial run

KUALA LUMPUR: Bestinet Sdn Bhd has maintained that it had merely started a trial run on the handling of medical checks and e-services for foreign workers coming to Malaysia with no charges being imposed yet.


‘Authorities to blame for visa woes’

PETALING JAYA: The authorities made no attempt to engage with stakeholders before implementing the mandatory new online systems for hiring foreign workers, according to the Malaysian Employers Fede­ration.


Indonesia and Nepal threaten to stop sending workers

PETALING JAYA: Two of the biggest source countries of foreign workers in Malaysia are threatening to stop sending their workers here following steep hikes in visa fees.


Business groups voice displeasure over new systems and fee hikes

PETALING JAYA: Thirty business associations and chambers of commerce have jointly issued a strong statement against the outsourcing of services by the Home Ministry to two private companies which they say further complicates the process of bringing foreign workers to Malaysia.


Employment agencies threaten to stop sending Indonesian workers

EXCLUSIVE: The ‘calling visa’ processing fee for Indonesian workers has surged from a mere RM15 to RM250 under a new system outsourced to a private company. With 150,000 applications a year, it is going to cost some RM35mil more. Fuming Indonesian agents are now threatening to stop sending workers to Malaysia and employers are worried.


'Send properly trained maids and those with no vice records'

JOHOR BARU: Indonesia must ensure the maids sent to Malaysia are properly trained and have no vice records in their country.


No changes to existing terms for new MoU

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) and Indonesia’s Asosiasi Perusahaan Jasa Tenaga Kerja In­­donesia (Apjati) will not be allowed to change the terms agreed upon by the Malaysian and Indonesian governments when negotiating their new memorandum of understanding (MoU).


The maids may be here soon

PETALING JAYA: A solution may finally be in sight for the two-year impasse on Indonesian maids coming to Malaysia.