印尼計畫2017年停止對外輸出女傭

Indonesia acts to address mistreatment of its workers abroad

KUALA LUMPUR: A10-YEAR road map to stop Indonesian maids from working abroad has been revealed, a move bound to cause anxiety in many households in the region.

Statistics from an Indonesian embassy source show that there there are about 300,000 maids in Malaysia, 130,000 in Hong Kong, 90,000 in Singapore and an undisclosed number in Saudi Arabia.

 

The New Straits Times was told that the road map would see the number of Indonesian domestic helpers being sent abroad reduced in stages and eventually brought down to almost zero by 2017.

A source here said several measures had been put in place to meet this objective, such as the signing of memorandums of understanding with the countries to where the workers would be sent.

At home, conditions have been spelt out to put maids on a par with other skilled workers in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

After 2017, anyone seeking to work abroad as a domestic helper must demonstrate a clear understanding of what the job entails before being allowed to leave the country.

The road map was part of the Indonesian government’s efforts to address the mistreatment of its citizens working abroad,following reports of abuse in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

A moratorium on sending domestic workers to Malaysia was imposed in mid-2009 after reports of cases of abuse.

On paper, Indonesia should have resumed sending workers on Dec 1 last year, after protracted negotiations with the Malaysian government, but the latest report was that they would arrive next month, as they were undergoing a month’s compulsory training.

Following the New Sunday Times  front-page report of fresh claims of maid abuse, the Indonesian embassy here had advised its government to suspend the sending of maids here indefinitely.

The Jakarta Globe had reported in January that Indonesia would stop sending domestic helpers overseas by 2017 under the government’s 2007 road map for domestic workers. It quoted Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, who said countries where its workers went to would have to grant them certain rights, such as fixed working hours, holidays, insurance and a minimum wage.

Muhaimin had said it would be difficult to meet the zero target because it would require Indonesia to provide enough jobs at home and most of those who sought jobs abroad had little skills.

More than 40 per cent of Indonesia’s 120 million workers possess only primary school education. Muhaimin had said the government was working to enhance workers’ skills and competency levels in the industrial and creative

economic sectors.

  Indonesian embassy information, social and cultural affairs minister-counsellor Suryana Sastradiredja refused to comment on the road map.

He had said on Saturday that an official report on the alleged abuse would be sent to the Malaysian government.

However, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said his ministry had yet to receive the report.

"We do not know if this will affect the arrival of maids who are due next month, but my officers are in touch with their Indonesian counterparts to resolve the situation.

"In the spirit of the MoU that was signed, we hope the Indonesian government will not rescind on its decision to send their workers here.

"We have committed ourselves that they (maids) will be managed properly, and if there is abuse, the culprits will be dealt with according to the law."

Officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry later met with their Indonesian counterparts yesterday.

In Rompin, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said the delay in the arrival of maids was because the Indonesian government had asked for more time to allow them to undergo a 200-hour training course as agreed to by both countries.

Under the agreement, maids must complete training, including language, local culture and domestic chores. Additional reporting by Sean Augustin, Michael Murty and Hanif Salim

FROM: http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/maid-supply-to-dry-up-by-2017-1.56251