Envoy: 23,000 Indonesian domestic helpers approved to work in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About 23,000 Indonesian domestic workers have been approved and processed for matching with employers in Malaysia.

Indonesian Ambassador Hermono said the workers will be arriving in groups from mid-August once a pilot project is in operation through the One Channel System (OCS).

“The pilot project through OCS will start in mid-August when the platform is ready.

“But we have already processed the requests manually using the embassy’s platform,” he said here on Friday (Aug 5).

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Hermono hoped that once the OCS is operational, applications would be processed faster to meet the demand.

It is understood that the first batch of eight domestic workers arrived in Malaysia on Monday (Aug 1), the first to be employed under a new agreement inked by Malaysia and Indonesia.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the Employment and Protection of Indonesian Domestic Workers was signed on April 1.

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Through the MOU, domestic workers will earn a minimum wage of RM 1,500, work only according to their job scope, and enjoy one day off a week, among others.

On July 28, Human Resources Minister Datul Seri M Saravanan and Indonesian Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah issued a joint statement that a joint technical team would carry out systems integration between the system operated by Malaysia’s Immigration Department and the online system operated by the Indonesian Embassy.

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