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Cost of hiring Indonesians in M'sia should be market-based: association

Publication Date : 25-12-2013


The cost structure on hiring Indonesian maids should not be fixed but based on the situation in the market, says the Malaysian National Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap).

Pikap president Raja Zulkepley Dahalan said this was because maid services were not a necessity, unlike electricity and water supply which had to be controlled by the government.

“It should be subject to the demand and supply in the market. It is a business and hence it is dynamic,” he told reporters at the Pikap office here on Tuesday.

Raja Zulkepley said Malaysian employment agencies could not afford to maintain the 3,000 ringgit (US$910.88) worth of management costs due to price hikes for fuel, toll fees and the electricity tariff.

“Indonesian agencies also cannot afford to sell maid biodatas at only 4,800 ringgit ($1,457) when the current market price for the biodata of a maid from Java is about 6,500 ringgit ($1,973),” he said.

He said Pikap’s proposal to make the cost structure fluid will be included in a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between them and the Indonesian employment association, Asosiasi Perusahaan Jasa Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (Apjati).

“We have signed a MoU with Apjati in December last year but we will modify it to include our proposals.

“We also suggest more protection for maids,” he said, adding that the MoU will be prepared within a week and sent to Apjati.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had announced that the Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) and its Indo­nesian counterpart, Apjati would be asked to work on a new MoU to resolve the maid supply problem.

Raja Zulkepley said should the government require Pikap’s assistance, they would present their modified MoU with Apjati to them.

“We are disappointed that we were left out in this matter. However, I hope the problem can be settled as soon as possible,” he said, adding that Pikap comprised 229 active members.


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