Malaysia’s ambassador to meet Indonesian minister over maid ban


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MO,20/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim will meet the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Minister over a proposal by Indonesia to ban its maids from coming here. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid said he had contacted Zahrain over the matter and had asked the latter to convey four points to the Indonesian minister, Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri.

“The first is that abuse cases which have occurred are isolated; the second is that the Malaysian Government and its enforcement authorities will never protect or cover up any abuse cases, not just involving maids but all foreign workers here. “Third, we ask that the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between both countries which expired in 2016 be updated and that further negotiations must be carried out between both countries.

“Fourth, I asked Zahrain to convey that the commitment of the Malaysian Government to continue working with Indonesia must be accepted with an open heart because we need each other,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, adding that Malaysia hoped to achieve a win-win outcome with Indonesia on the matter. Dr Ahmad Zahid said this at a media conference following the launch of the International Exhibition on National Security for Asia (Natsec) 2018 which will be held here from April 16-19.

The exhibition, which will showcase products and services related to national security, is organised by DSA Exhibition and Conference Sdn Bhd. It is hosted, supported and co-organised by the Home Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police.

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Fatal abuse of Indo maid: Remand on 60-year-old woman extended


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MO,19/2/2018, BUKIT MERTAJAM: The remand on a 60-year-old woman, who was detained in connection with the fatal abuse of an Indonesian maid here, has been extended by seven days. Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the extension order was applied for because the woman’s initial remand expires today.

The woman is the mother of two siblings, aged 36 and 39, who were the employers of Adelina Lisao, 26. The duo was detained on Feb 12 on suspicion of abusing her. The Indonesian maid was rescued from her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam on Feb 11 after it was reported that she was physically abused and was made to sleep on the porch with a dog.

She was found with severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Adelina died the following day at the Seberang Jaya Hospital after suffering multiple organ failure linked to anaemia. Nik Ros said that a post-mortem headed by Dr Amir Saad Abdul Rahim at the same hospital found that the maid had been neglected and experienced blood loss.

“We do not rule out that the woman was neglected for a long period of time until she died. Everything will be investigated,” he added. The case is being probed under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Death of Indonesian maid: Penang police to complete case soon


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MO,13/2/2018, BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police believe they will wrapped up the investigations into the death of an Indonesian maid – allegedly from repated abuse by her local employers – soon. This follows the arrest of a 60-year-old woman and her children, aged 36 and 39 recently. State police chief Datuk A Thaiveegan said police were in the midst of completing the investigation paper in relation to the case.

“Further investigation is ongoing and we have recorded statements from several people, including witnesses, neighbours and the doctor who attended to the maid, Adelina Lisao, 26. “We are still looking for several more witnesses to complete our investigation. For now, there will not be any additional arrest,” he said when met after launching the Ops Selamat 12 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration at the Juru toll plaza here today.

Thaiveegan said police were also waiting for the full post-mortem report to ascertain how long the abuse could have taken place. It was reported that Adelina was rescued by police on Saturday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers. She died at 4.45pm on Sunday while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.

When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, she had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Her plight came to light after a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam member of parliament. The case, which was initially investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, will not be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Outrage following death of Indonesian maid


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MO,12/2/2018, GEORGE TOWN: Civil society group, Tenaganita, has expressed outrage over yet another death of a domestic worker. “Why are we letting this happen again and again? “The rules and regulations within the Employment Act for domestic workers seem not to be protect domestic workers. “What we need is a separate legislation for them,” Tenaganita director Glorene Das said.

Indonesian maid, Adelina, 21, from Medan, died yesterday, following suspected repeated abuse by her employers. According to Glorene, as long as they are defined as domestic servants and maids in the Employment Act, it creates the mindset and mentality of a master-servant relationship. She added that one death of a girl, a domestic worker, was one too many.

“We seriously need to address the root cause of why employers feel it is perfectly normal to abuse a domestic worker. “There needs to be effective policies and legislation to protect maids like Adelina from abusive employers,” she stressed. It was reported that Adelina was rescued by police on Saturday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers.

She died at 4.45pm yesterday while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital. When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, she had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Her plight came to light after a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam member of parliament.

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‘New system protects boss and maid’


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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: The new direct hiring system for foreign maids contains an employment contract template for the protection of both employer and employee, said Immi­gration Department director-gene­ral Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali. He said although the agreement is made directly between employers and domestic helpers, without the involvement of agents, both parties still have to abide by the department’s regulations.

“The new system was introduced to protect both the employer and the maid. We do not want any cases where either party will get cheated,” he said yesterday. “Within the online system, there is a template contract to ensure that the rights of both parties are protected.”

 Since the online application service started on Jan 1, a total of 3,141 applications for maids have been received, with 76 employers submitting all the necessary documents, including the required Fo­­me­­ma medical examination results. According to the department, the work permits for those who have completed the process would be issued within the 16-working day window.

The Government had announced that it would give employers the choice of hiring domestic helpers directly from nine source countries – Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet­nam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and India. It is estimated that employers get to save up to 90% if they hire their maids directly, compared to forking out up to RM18,000 if they go through agents.

The savings is calculated based on the RM1,635 that an employer has to pay the Government for fees, permits and other charges if their prospective maid is already in the country on a social pass.

According to an official at the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, employers wanting to hire maids from the Philippines should go through agencies registered with its government.  “They are required to hire from our registered agencies, for the protection of our workers,” said an embassy official who declined to be identified.

Malaysian Maid Employers Asso­ciation (Mama) president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said some feedback received about the system is that it crashes when too many users try to access it. “Mama is grateful to the authorities for simplifying the needs of employers through the new system.

“We hope over-the-counter services would still be offered along with the new online system,” he added.

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Sistem Maid Online merekodkan 25719 pelawat sejak mula operasi



KUALA LUMPUR: Permohonan pembantu rumah asing (PRA) dalam talian, Sistem Maid Online (SMO) yang beroperasi bermula semalam merekodkan 25,719 pelawat dengan 702 daripadanya adalah majikan yang mendaftar masuk permohonan untuk PRA mereka, setakat 12 tengah hari Selasa.

Dalam satu kenyataan di sini, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Imigresen Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali berkata terdapat juga majikan yang tidak dapat menyelesaikan proses pendaftaran kerana perlu melengkapkan syarat-syarat permohonan PRA mereka terlebih dahulu.

“Setakat ini, laman web ini dapat diakses dengan mudah dan lancar serta pelawat boleh membuat penelitian terlebih dahulu, memahami syarat-syarat serta prosedur permohonan pembantu rumah, mendapatkan maklumat asas dan terperinci daripada soalan lazim yang ditanya sebelum memulakan proses pendaftaran,” katanya.

Beliau turut mengingatkan majikan supaya menyediakan dokumen yang lengkap sebelum memulakan proses pendaftaran PRA melalui SMO.

Katanya, sepanjang tempoh SMO beroperasi, pihaknya juga mengesan beberapa ralat dalam langkah-langkah pendaftaran semasa majikan mula memasukkan data pendaftaran, namun langkah-langkah penambahbaikan serta-merta telah diambil untuk memastikan operasi SMO berjalan lancar.

SMO yang disediakan Jabatan Imigresen susulan pengumuman oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada pembentangan Bajet 2018, Oktober lepas, menyediakan kemudahan kepada majikan untuk memohon PRA secara dalam talian dengan cepat, tepat dan lebih jimat tanpa melalui ejen

Mustafar berkata majikan yang tidak mahu menggunakan SMO masih boleh mendapat khidmat daripada agensi-agensi PRA yang berdaftar.

SMO boleh dilayari di laman web http://maid-online.imi.gov.my.



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Employers can apply foreign maid permits online beginning Jan 1



SEPANG: From Jan 1 next year, employers can apply for foreign maid permits from the Immigration Department via an online system, according to Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

“Applications can be made directly without an agent or mediator, and it is expected to take seven to 16 days (to process),” he told reporters here, Tuesday.

He said the direct recruitment of foreign maids from source countries would reduce the cost and burden of employers, whereby employers would only have to pay around RM3,600 to RM3,800, as compared to payments of between RM12,000 to RM18,000 made to agents previously.

“The cost involves fees for levy, visit pass (temporary work), visa and processes set according to the respective countries, as well as flight cost. The online application system can help curb human trafficking activities,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak while tabling Budget 2018 on Friday said the government would now give the option to employers to hire foreign domestic helpers directly from nine source countries, without going through agents.

Najib said employers could also apply visa for their maids from the Immigration Department online, with levy and processing fees charged according to existing rates.

On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated that direct hiring of maids would save employers up to 50 per cent of the cost.

In the meantime, Mustafar explained that employers could identify individuals in Malaysia who are eligible to work as maids before making an online application and completing the nine processes set by the department.

The nine processes are online registration by employers, login and registration of foreign maids, health screening, document upload, review, approval, decision notification, payment and printing of visit permit (for temporary work) stickers .

“Employers can also go to the source country and look for prospects themselves, then bring them in to Malaysia using a social visit pass before making the application,” he said.

Mustafar added that the department would not object if employers still wished to use the services of agents and were willing to bear the high cost involved.

— BERNAMA



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