Monday January 7, 2013
Maid groups at loggerheads over ‘defamatory’ statement
PETALING JAYA: Just when the long-standing issues over Indonesian domestic workers appear to have been overcome with the setting of the new recruitment fee at RM6,700, a feud has erupted between two associations representing maid agencies.
The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) said it was considering legal action against the Malaysia National Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap) president Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan for alleging that Papa's membership was grossly exaggerated.
A Chinese daily had quoted Raja Zulkepley as saying that Papa had claimed to have over 200 members when it only had about 30.
Papa vice-president Foo Yong Hui said the statement was “very defamatory”, adding that the association was consulting its lawyers on the next course of action to take.
“We have more than 200 members. Why does Pikap want to attack us? Both associations can play their roles and co-exist,” said Foo yesterday.
Papa had announced on Friday that it had been given approval by the Government to raise the recruitment fee to RM6,700.
It said the more reasonable fee would ease the entry of more Indonesian domestic workers into the country.
Commenting on the issue, Raja Zulkeply allegedly told the Chinese daily that Papa was misleading the public by claiming to have more members than it did.
Raja Zulkepley is a former president of Papa who went on to become the president of Pikap after he was replaced during a Papa annual general meeting several years ago.
Yesterday, he said there should only be one association representing all maid agencies in the country.
“Pikap currently has about 220 members and all the major players in the market are in our association.
“If Papa claims to have more than 200 members, it must prove it,” he said.
“We can dissolve both associations and let the members decide who they want to represent them.”