PETALING JAYA - Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot has dismissed a proposal by the Indonesian government for higher pay for its maids.
Riot said the proposed increased fixed minimum pay for an Indonesian maid of RM1,200 (S$439.66) was too high compared to the country's minimum wage of RM900.
"Following the Indonesian government's proposal, we have asked them to explain the full justification in writing but until today, we have yet to receive any response from them," he said in a statement yesterday.
Salaries for domestic workers became an issue last Friday when Bernama quoted Indonesian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Hermono as saying that his coutry had submitted proposals to Malaysia to consider improving the working conditions of Indonesian maids.
Employers are fuming and work agencies called to appeal against the proposal by Indonesia.
Riot said the Government would hold discussions with employers associations, workers unions and employment agencies on the proposal before deciding on any considerations and the direction of its implementation.
He said that the proposed increase of wages by Indonesia was meant to entice more Indonesian domestic maids to choose Malaysia as their preferred job destination.
Last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the republic was thinking of stopping its supply of female domestic labour abroad.
Early this month, it decided not to send workers to the Middle East following a number of high-profile abuse and murder cases involving domestic workers.