[Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: More than 30,000 foreign maids flee Malaysia jobs this year

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: More than 30,000 foreign maids flee Malaysia jobs this year
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 24 2000 - 12:08:29 EDT


More than 30,000 foreign maids flee Malaysia jobs this year
Agence France Presse, October 20, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) -- More than 30,000 foreign maids have run
away from their Malaysian employers this year, the home ministry's top
official said Friday.

Ten percent of the 30,180 reported cases had run away after just three
months in employment, said the ministry's secretary-general, Jamalludin
Ahmad Damanhuri.

"There are grounds to believe that this is a pre-arranged phenomenon
involving a third party, probably a foreign maid recruitment agency in this
country or an agency of the supplier country," he told reporters in the
southern city of Johor Baru.

Among the reasons the women gave for their hasty departure were physical or
mental abuse, prospects of better-paid jobs, being forced to do chores that
contravened their faith, the influence of boyfriends, boredom with the work
and coming to Malaysia under false pretences.

There have been a number of cases of serious physical abuse reported this
year and several employers have been brought to court.

The vast majority of maids come from mainly Muslim Indonesia and some had
complained that ethnic Chinese employers forced them to cook pork.

Jamalludin, quoted by the state-run Bernama news agency, said 175,187
foreign maids were registered with the Immigration Department.

Melanie Orhant
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