IPOH, March 17 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed surprise over the Indonesian government’s move to impose new conditions for sending maids to Malaysia, which among others require the maids to do only one task for a minimum salary of RM700 a month.
The Prime Minister described the new conditions announced by Indonesia’s Labour Placement Development director-general Dr Reyna Usman as “not reasonable at all.” “We hope on their side they will revert to the agreement reached between me Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (on this issue).
“All the criteria (for the sending of Indonesian maids to Malaysia) were discussed and the ministers concerned were satisfied with the outcome and no further issues were raised then,” he told reporters after opening Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Wan Hwa2’s new four-storey classroom block built at a cost of RM 9 million, here Saturday.
Najib said he was surprised that after the agreement on the sending over of the maids was signed, various new issues on the matter were being raised on the Indonesian side.
When asked whether the government would find a solution to this issue, he said:”We will try to find a solution. I am surprised that after the top two leaders have agreed, this things should happen.”
“I was given the understanding this was it, and it will be implemented smoothly,” said the prime minister.
Indonesia imposed a temporary freeze on the supply of Indonesian maids to Malaysia on June 26, 2009 following reports of cases of abuse by employers.
The temporary freeze was lifted following the agreement between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a meeting in Bali, November last year.
On May 30, 2011 the two countries signed a protocol to amend a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding on the hiring and placement of Indonesian maids, in relation to provisions on the protection and well-being of maids and employers.
Source : Bernama