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Discuss Hiring Of House Maids With Source Countries

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- The government has been urged to discuss with  house maid source countries with the aim to reduce the cost of hiring house maids before implementing direct hiring by the employers.

National Human Resource Organisation (PUSMA) president Siti Zarina Ismail said that this was necessary since the house maid agencies in source countries determine the salary and the cost of hiring house maids.

"The discussion is to ensure that the source countries comply with the ceiling price agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Malaysia and the previous source countries regarding the cost of hiring house maid.

"We at PUSMA would like to offer our expertise to ensure that the rights of employers and the rights of  house maids are protected in cases of fraud or runaway maids," she told  a press conference here, today.

While tabling Budget 2018 in parliament, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that employers can hire house maids directly by applying to the Immigration Department , thus by passing agents to reduce the costs.

Asked about direct hiring of house maids, Siti Zarina  said it would involve risks since the foreigners would enter the country without screening of physical and mental health, security and without professional training.

"We are worried because foreigners who are hired directly can run away within the 30-day period  allowed by  temporary work visit passes before the employers can apply for work permits," she added.

-- BERNAMA


 
 
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