Mama-HIMSATAKI agree to cooperate over Indonesian maids

January 15, 2013

JAKARTA, Jan 15 — The problem of hiring Indonesian maids in Malaysia may end in April through a Malaysian Maid Employers Association (Mama)-Indonesian Manpower Placement Services (HIMSATAKI) cooperation. 

The two bodies agreed to manage the recruitment and placement of maids to Malaysia based on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the governments of both countries and to review the cost structure of RM4,511 in the MoU.

Mama president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said the cost structure might be slightly higher, slightly lower or on par with the present rate.

“We decided to deal directly with HIMSATAKI to overcome the difficulties faced by Malaysian employers in hiring maids although the Indonesian government had withdrawn the moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia,” he said.

Engku Ahmad Fauzi said since the Indonesian government withdrew the moratorium in December 1, 2011, only 108 maids were sent to Malaysia compared to the 22,000 asked for by Malaysian employers.

The difficulty had forced some to recruit Indonesian maids from among those entering Malaysia using visitor’s passes and registering them as maids in Malaysia using the Journey Performance Visa (JPV).

Engku Ahmad Fauzi said, through the cooperation with HIMSATAKI, he hoped employers in Malaysia would find it easier to recruit maids whose services were assured, trained, healthy and whose movements were controlled.

Meanwhile, a leader of HIMSATAKI T. Bazatogu Hia hoped Malaysia would stop issuing JPVs to Indonesian maids because of the cooperation already in existence between the association and Mama to send maids in large numbers.

The Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan, when contacted said, he was prepared to suggest the issuance of the JPV be discontinued when the business of supplying maids had run smoothly as desired.

Many parties view the Mama-HIMSATAKI cooperation as an alternative for Malaysian employers to get the service of Indonesian maids which was only handled by The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) and Indonesian Manpower Services Association (Apjati) previously. — Bernama