Malaysia signs MoU with Indonesia for the employment and protection of Indonesian domestic servants

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KUALA LUMPUR APRIL 1: Malaysia and Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Employment and Protection of Indonesian Domestic Servants (PDI) at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Indonesia today.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the content of the MoU has earlier been discussed between the Malaysian Minister of Human Resources and Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia.

Ismail said as a neighbouring country, Malaysia always appreciates and welcomes the contribution of Indonesian migrant workers towards the economic development and the livelihood of the people in Malaysia.

“This MoU will ensure all the recruitment processes and the protection mechanisms of PDI will be implemented comprehensively by the parties involved following the policy and laws of the two countries.

“In this respect the one entry for PDI to Malaysia will only be using the One Channel System like what is stated in the MoU. It is important for only qualified company for employment to screen the PDI to Malaysia.

“Malaysia has also ratified Protocol 29 International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an international commitment in eliminating forced labour including giving protection to migrant workers from Indonesia,” Ismail said in a joint press conference with President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo at Istana Merdeka.

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Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri M. Sarivanan and Minister of Manpower of Indonesia Ida Fauziyah showing the MoU for PDI to Malaysia at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Friday.

Ismail also emphasized that the government has also implemented several initiatives for the welfare of domestic servants on social aspects such as a) contribution via the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) b) salary payment guarantee via eWages that is the payment of salary guaranteed not later than on the seventh day every month. c) one day off every week d) introduction of e-complaint that enables a worker to make any complaint via online. e) other welfare that is in the service contract.

The Prime Minister said, the signing of the MoU is also pioneering the re-entry of Indonesian Workers (TKI) to work in the permitted sectors in Malaysia.

Ismail also touched on the potentialities of Malaysian investors with the opening of the capital city Nusantara in East Kalimantan. Both agreed to develop rapidly the areas at the border.

“President Joko Widodo has agreed to identify the essential areas to be developed whether in Malaysia or in Indonesia side. I thanked him to agree to identify the areas to be developed by Malaysian investors in the Nusantara city,” Ismail said.

Prime Minister Ismail added, both countries agreed that the price of palm oil should be decided together and not compete to fix the price as both countries control the exports of palm oil.

“The President also agrees to empower Bahasa Melayu as it is the language for the region as in Bahasa Melayu in Indonesia, Brunei, South Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.,” Ismail reiterated.-Malaysia World News

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