CERTIFIED HELP: Indonesians can only be brought into the country after completing 200 hours of training
SEPANG: A TOTAL of 11,650 Indonesians have received the green light to work as maids in Malaysia, Indonesian Embassy labour attache Agus Triyanto said.
However, he said they could only be brought into the country after completing 200 hours of training and certified by the Indonesian Professional Certification Authority.
This and several other conditions were agreed under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
"Indonesia will not approve the deployment of its maid to any country, including Malaysia, if they don't have the certificate of competency," he said after receiving four Indonesian maids, whose entries were handled by the National Association of Employment Agencies of Malaysia (Pikap) at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal here yesterday.
With the certificate, Agus said maids would be required to do the work according to the training they received, including cleaning the house, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and washing clothes.
"They are not allowed to do other tasks as they do not have the expertise."
Agus said the four maids were the first batch of maids brought in by Pikap, while the second batch of eight others would be arriving soon.
On May 30 last year, Malaysia and Indonesia had signed a protocol to amend the MoU on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian maids 2006 by streamlining the provisions, especially those concerning the protection and well-being of maids and their employers.
Pikap president Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan welcomed the entry of the maids according to the regulations stipulated in the MoU even though the number was small.
He said Pikap, which has 190 members, had been active in dealing with their partners in Indonesia to bring in more maids into Malaysia. Bernama