Najib: Indonesian maids must come in via official channel

Najib: Indonesian maids must come in via official channel
Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stressing a point during joint press statement with Indonesian president Joko Widodo at Putra Building in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has stressed that maids from Indonesia should only come into Malaysia via the official channel where their welfare could be better protected.

The Prime Minister said only about 4,000 maids from Indonesia entered the proper way, compared with 105,000 who came in through unofficial avenues.

He was speaking at a joint press conference after four-eyed and delegation meetings with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at Perdana Putra here yesterday.

Najib said the situation indicated that the official channel for bringing maids into Malaysia, as stipulated in the Bali memorandum of understanding (MoU) previously, was not being used as directed.

"We have agreed that the ministers responsible continue with the discussions so that only one channel is used.

"This will allow the maids to be provided with sufficient training and they can be given protection while working in Malaysia," he said.

The MoU, which was signed in 2011, involved the two countries agreeing to cooperate on matters of labour. As part of the deal, Indonesia agreed to withdraw an earlier moratorium on the sending of maids to Malaysia.

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