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

'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.

Foreign Workers Service and Counselling Centre Malaysia (PPKPA) chairman Amir Ibrahim claimed there were cases of Indonesian maids who had previously worked in pubs and nightclubs.

He said this was one of the reasons why many marriages in Ma­­laysia failed as the husbands tend to have illicit affairs with their maids.

There were also cases of maids having affairs with other foreigners behind their employers' back, he said.

"The Asosiasi Perusahaan Jasa Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (Apjati) must ensure the maids come clean before sending them over here," he said yesterday.

He also warned Malaysian em­­ployers not to mistreat or abuse their maids as that would give a bad image of Malaysians among Indone­sians.

"There had been cases we had handled of maids who were not only abused but sexually assaulted by their employers.

In September, Malaysia and In­­donesia agreed to set the agency fee at RM7,800 (S$3,000), of which RM6,000 is to be borne by the employer while the balance of RM1,800 is to be deducted from a maid's salary over six months.

Amir said the centre, which provides assistance to foreign workers who had been mistreated by their employers, had handled more than 100 cases involving foreign workers, mainly pertaining to the workers being duped by employers or agents, such as providing them with false visas and passports and not paying their wages.

He said PPKPA would be opening its 11th branch in the country at Jalan Skudai here soon.

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