Still a hurdle for maids

PETALING JAYA: There’s a flurry of exercise on social media involving the recruitment of Indonesian home employees however there’s nonetheless no signal of motion on the bottom.

Freelance recruitment brokers are promoting Indonesian home employees and persevering with to publicise the Immigration Division’s System Maid On-line (SMO) which allows the conversion of vacationer visas of nationals from a number of nations into work permits as home employees.

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Nevertheless, underneath the MOU on the recruitment and safety of Indonesian home helpers, the republic requires its recruitment to be solely carried out via what it calls a One Channel System (OCS).

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud confirmed that the SMO was nonetheless accessible for these in search of to recruit Indonesian home assist.

“We’re in discussions (with the related businesses) to develop a brand new system primarily based on the MOU,” he mentioned when contacted, referring to the MOU with Indonesia.

Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Hermono mentioned the SMO ought to have been disabled two months in the past in accordance with the MOU.

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Beneath the MOU, it was agreed that each one recruitment processes must be by way of OCS and no different system must be used, he mentioned when contacted.

Checks by The Star discovered that dozens of employment businesses promoting on social media platforms resembling Fb had been nonetheless providing direct recruitment of Indonesian home helpers.

There are additionally Indonesians promoting themselves on Fb as maids, saying they had been in search of employment in Malaysia.

Such ads elevated particularly after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. A number of the businesses claimed that quite a lot of them had been already in Malaysia.

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Alternatively, the businesses said they may usher in “contemporary Indonesian maids” by way of vacationer visas. Upon their arrival in Malaysia, the businesses mentioned that employers might apply for work permits by way of the SMO inside 30 days.

One agent right here persuaded her purchasers to behave quick, claiming that the SMO could be shut down by July or August.

One other agent mentioned the maids could be arriving in Melaka and Negri Sembilan from Dumai on ferries. Their schedule of arrival was printed as effectively.

The associated fee might go as much as RM20,000 for a “contemporary maid”. The charge lined the contract, assure, well being check-up and fundamental coaching.

For Indonesians already in Malaysia however with no correct visa, the fee could be lower than RM10,000.

A number of the ads by the businesses said that the smartphones and passports of those maids could be withheld.

This goes towards the MOU, which outlined, amongst others, {that a} home employee had a proper to weekly and annual depart entitlement, proper to speak and to carry their very own passport.

These ads, geared toward wooing Malaysian households, appears to be working with many locals indicating their curiosity to rent Indonesian maids within the feedback part.

In actual fact, those that had been sluggish to reply had been instructed that the maid in query had already been “snapped up”.

A neighborhood employment company, when contacted, mentioned the company offered two channels of recruitment by way of the SMO and Overseas Staff Central Administration System (FWCMS).

Whereas the charge for each had been related – RM18,500 – the turnaround time for every channel was completely different.

“If you need it urgently, we will course of (the appliance) via the SMO and get it carried out inside 30 days. The FWCMS channel would take longer, round 60 to 90 days,” he claimed.

A number of different native brokers, when contacted on Fb, claimed that there have been Indonesians right here on vacationer visas “who’re available for rent”.

In addition to Indonesia, the opposite nations on the SMO record are the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Human Sources Ministry has but to reply to queries from The Star on the brand new OCS that must be put in place following the MOU.

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