Employers looking into directly hire foreign maids will only need to pay RM1,635 instead of RM18,000 to agents, beginning next year. (FILE PIC)

PUTRAJAYA: EMPLOYERS need to identify potential foreign maids before applying for them online.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said employers had to key in the maid’s details in the online system.

“Employers must know who they want to hire (as a maid) and (the maid’s) source country. For instance, if they decide to hire a legal foreigner in the country as a maid, they need to get her personal details.

“The first thing you need to do when you visit the portal is fill up the employer’s pre-registration form. There will be instructions you have to follow step by step.

“The employer will then be required to enter the maid’s information.

“There is also a section on health screening conducted by the Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency,” he told the New Sunday Times.

Mustafar said employers could pay the recruitment cost of RM1,635 after completing the form.

He said employers were required to bring the maid to the Immigration Department to have her biometric profile recorded, after which a special sticker would be placed on her passport.

Mustafar reiterated that employers who wished to employ maids from Indonesia and the Philippines would need to apply with the companies registered with their respective labour ministries.

“Employers are not allowed to take foreign maids from Indonesia and the Philippines directly. They need to go through the registered companies.

“We have to comply with the laws of both countries.”

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had, on Friday, said employers would be able to enjoy discounts of up to 90 per cent when recruiting foreign maids.

He said employers looking into directly hire foreign maids would only need to pay RM1,635 instead of RM18,000 to agents, beginning next year.

The cost of recruitment, however, does not include flight tickets and passports.

“At the same time, we have reduced the deposit from RM1,000 to RM500, and the processing cost from RM500 to RM250,” he was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in tabling the 2018 Budget, announced that the government was giving employers a choice of nine countries from which to recruit foreign maids directly, without having to go through agents.

The countries include Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and Laos.

‘Operators at every level have to be rounded up to cripple syndicates’

Police are thoroughly investigating all aspects of the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Not ruling out corruption involving enforcement agency personnel at entry points, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said operators at every stage had to be rounded up to close down such syndicates.

“(At) the first level are the syndicates in Bangladesh, which recruit their citizens to be transported here as illegal immigrants,” said Noor Rashid yesterday.

“Then at the entry points here, there are the agents who ease their entry, allowing them to pass through, be it through corruption or other means.

“At the final level are the
syndicates that collect and
distribute these illegal immigrants.

“Eventually, their modus operandi becomes to just leave illegal immigrants here until they are caught and deported.”

Speaking after closing the Inspector-General’s Cup equestrian endurance event at the Universiti Putra Malaysia Equine Centre in Serdang, Noor Rashid said police would continue to collaborate with the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to shut down smuggling rackets that operate via KLIA.

Four Immigration Department officers and three others have been arrested.

“We will also need cooperation from our Bangladeshi counterparts to shut down these syndicates on their end,” said Noor Rashid.

Speaking on the arrest of a second suspect in relation to Wednesday’s gruesome murder of an elderly couple and their two grandchildren, Noor Rashid said he had ordered Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor to form a team to get to the bottom of the case.

As for the report on a Malaysian woman being arrested in Paris on Friday for allegedly pouring boiling water on her son, Noor Rashid said the matter was under the jurisdiction of French police and laws.

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