Malaysia disadvantaged if indonesia stops sending domestic helpers: Deputy PM

Kuala Lumpur (ANTARA News) - The Malaysian government feels it will be disadvantaged if Indonesia stops sending domestic servants to the country because domestic helpers torture rarely occurs in Malaysia.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the remarks after a visit to Datuk Bagan Plateau as quoted by the local media on Sunday.

He was responding to the discourse on the Indonesian plan to discontinue the sending of domestic workers to Malaysia.

In terms of statistics, he said, Malaysia is among the countries that record the lowest cases of torture against domestic servants from Indonesia compared to some other countries.

In this regard, Hamidi said he would meet with Minister of Manpower of Indonesia, Hanif Dakiri to hold talks on the safety of Indonesian workers and maids.

"Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on safety is already there but we will see again the agreement between employers and workers whether the regulation is still not tight," he said.

He expects the Office of Manpower and the Ministry of Human Resources to conduct further review of the agreement and related SOP.

Last week a housekeeper, Adelina Lisio (28), died at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital after being tortured by her employer at a house in Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang.

According to reports, some of the neighbors said Adelina was forced to sleep with a Rottweiler dog on the pavilion for more than a month before she died on Saturday.

He said the Malaysian Government would also not protect any employer found guilty of persecution or tyranny to foreign workers.

"We have an agreement between the employer and the worker to be signed so that the rules and guidelines can be followed," he said.

Source: ANTARA News

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