[Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: Workshop to draft guidelines for foreign maids, employers

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: Workshop to draft guidelines for foreign maids, employers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 11:14:11 EDT


Workshop to draft guidelines for foreign maids, employers
New Straits Times (Malaysia), July 23, 2000

The Association of Foreign Workers Agencies, with the support of the Human
Resources Ministry, will organise a brainstorming session with relevant
organisations next month to draw up guidelines to protect the employers and
employees.

The one-day workshop, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, will see some 50 agencies
participating.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said they also welcomed the
participation of non-governmental bodies.

"We want to hear views and suggestions from both sides to determine the
causes of maid abuse and how we can prevent or lessen it."

Fong was speaking to reporters after officiating at the opening of Agensi
Pekerjaan Excel Top Choice Sdn Bhd at the Lien Hoe complex here yesterday.

The association also aims to introduce a week-long orientation programme
for new maids.

"This serves to give them an insight into Malaysian culture, mentality and
the usage of electrical household appliances such as the microwave oven,"
said Fong, adding that the programme could also avert misunderstandings.

Asked if this would be deemed compulsory, Fong replied in the negative.

He said the association and Ministry would monitor the progress of the
maids via feedback from employers.

There were 100,000 foreign maids in the country.
Melanie Orhant
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