Published: Friday January 4, 2013 MYT 8:46:00 PM
Updated: Friday January 4, 2013 MYT 8:57:00 PM
Papa: RM6,700 is new price for hiring Indonesian maid
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) has announced the new price of RM6,700 for hiring an Indonesian domestic worker, with immediate effect.
Apart from this, there will be an additional RM1,800 as loan to the domestic worker for her share of foreign placement fee in Indonesia.
Papa president Jeffrey Foo said the actual cost incurred by the employer was only RM6,700.
"The cost is the result of lengthy negotiations with the association's Indonesian counterpart, Asosiasi Perusahaan Jasa Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (Apjati), in the past few months," he told a news conference here Friday.
Foo said under the previous memorandum of understanding between Indonesia and Malaysia, the one-off agency fee for the hiring of an Indonesian domestic maid was fixed at RM4,511, of which RM2,711 had to be paid by the employer and the remaining RM1,800 by the maid.
He said the new cost structure of RM6,700 was reasonable as it matched market supply and demand.
He expected the new cost structure to attract more than 10,000 Indonesian domestic workers and believed it would be accepted by the Malaysian and Indonesian governments.
"We acknowledge and appreciate the good faith of our Human Resources Ministry in allowing Papa to propose and observe a fair price structure," said Foo, adding that the recruitment, via Papa members, would be done according to proper procedures and be regulated.
"We will engage our Indonesian counterparts (Apjati) in identifying suitable candidates to be recruited and trained. We anticipate good response from them in the coming months," he said.
Meanwhile, Foo said a foreign representative office would be set up in Malaysia by Apjati next month to monitor their workers' welfare and safety. - Bernama