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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: Abused maids allowed to work agai
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Sep 24 2000 - 12:16:37 EDT


Abused maids allowed to work again
New Straits Times (Malaysia), September 20, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Immigration Department is willing to allow
abused maids temporarily placed at shelter homes to work again.

Immigration Department public relations officer Rusli Malek said this would
be done on a case-by-case basis.

Potential employers will have to liaise with the homes, identify the maid
they want and submit the standard application for a foreign housemaid to
the department.

Rusli was responding to a statement by the Women's Aid Organisation today
which highlighted the plight of four Indonesian maids staying at the centre
after being allegedly abused by employers.

WAO executive secretary Ivy Josiah had said that these maids, allegedly
abused by their former employer, were unable to earn a living as they are
at the centre pending the outcome of investigations.

"There is no reason why these maids cannot seek employment with other
employers.

"Once they (maids) have lodged a report against their employer for any
alleged misconduct, any contract they may have had previously with the
employer is no longer valid," said Rusli, adding that the department had
not received any such application to date.

He said the department would also penalise the former employer, ensuring
that he would never employ a foreign maid again.

Rusli added that once a new employer filled out the application for a
foreign housemaid from a shelter home and submitted it to the department,
he would receive a reply within seven days.

Melanie Orhant
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