BALI: The agency fee to recruit Indonesian domestic workers, who will return to Malaysia from Dec 1, has been set at RM4,511.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam, who disclosed this here yesterday, said the 117 Indonesian and 121 Malaysian agencies were agreeable to the rate.
He said both sides would have a contract of employment signed by the employer and employee.
“The rate will be based on supply and demand,” he said, adding that the wages would be directly banked into the maid’s account.
To counter the problem of incompetent maids, Dr Subramaniam said they would have to attend 200 hours of training before they could leave for Malaysia.
To protect the interest of employers against runaways, the agency would have to refund to the employer the fees or find a replacement if the maid leaves within six months of employment.
He said the agreement on maids and their agencies was reached after several amendments were made to the signed MoU.
He hoped that from here on, its implementation would be smooth.
Najib had announced that Indonesia would lift the moratorium banning its domestic maids from coming to Malaysia from Dec 1, following his October meeting with Susilo in Lombok.
On another matter, Najib said both Indonesia and Malaysia would draft a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to handle the issue of fishermen from both countries encroaching into each other’s waters.
He said this was necessary as the fishermen could unknowingly enter waters claimed by both countries, leading to their arrest by maritime authorities.
“We proposed for an equal treatment SOP to come into effect on Jan 1,” he added.