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(The Star) Maids for specific tasks only

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PETALING JAYA: The days of having a multi-tasking maid who does everything from cooking and washing to caring for the baby and the elderly and even washing the car is as good as gone.

Malaysians must now be prepared to pay more for specialised help.

Source countries such as Indo­nesia want to send upskilled helpers for specific jobs like caregiver, babysitter or nanny, and not the traditional domestic maid.

Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) president Jeffrey Foo said all that was needed now was a mechanism to ensure these helpers were properly trained and certified.

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(The Star) No end in sight to maid shortage

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysians in need of maids are in for a tough time because the shortage of domestic helpers does not look like it can be overcome anytime soon.

After Indonesia said it would be stopping its citizens from working as live-in maids in other countries from next year, many expected the shortfall to be filled by maids from other neighbouring countries.

But Cambodia’s refusal to supply maids has been in effect since 2011 while the Philippines was more intent on supplying skilled and semi-skilled labour rather than domestic help.

Philippine embassy information officer Johann Andal said the much-improved economy in the country had created more domestic jobs, making foreign employment a matter of choice rather than a necessity for its people.

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(The Star) No more live-in Indonesian maids

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PETALING JAYA: Indonesia will no longer allow its women to work as live-in maids in any foreign countries beginning next year.

The country wants the maids to be employed as formal workers – with stipulated working hours and no longer having to stay at the employer’s house and they must have a weekly off day, said Indonesian Ambassador Herman Prayitno.

“We want a formal contract between the domestic helper and the employer. Just like the contracts drawn up for employment in companies,” he added.

He said this when asked to comment on media reports that the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Ministry was implementing its Domestic Worker Roadmap by next year to protect the interest of its citizens.

(The Star) Washing cars not the job of maids

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NUSAJAYA: Car washing is not part of the job scope of foreign domestic helpers but many of them are still being made to do it, said Johor exco R. Vidyanathan.

He said the terms and conditions set by the relevant authorities clearly stated that they were only to perform domestic-related jobs which did not include car washing.

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(The Star) Envoy: US$400 per month for Filipina helpers fixed everywhere

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KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage of US$400 for Filipina maids must be adhered to, regardless of the exchange rate.

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