MALAYSIAN MINISTER SUBRAMANIAM: AGENCIES WHICH "RECYCLE" MAIDS WILL HAVE THEIR LICENCE REVOKED IMMEDIATELY
Last Updated: 2011-11-12
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (NNN-Bernama) -- Maid agencies found to "recycle" their foreign maids will have their licence revoked immediately by Human Resource Ministry and will also be charged for human trafficking, Human Resource Minister Dr. S. Subramaniam said today.

He said there were also other laws which could be used to charge the agencies concerned for their doings if there were reports.

"Stern action has to be taken because these agencies are making the maids cheat their employers," he told reporters after attending a special prayer at the Jain temple in Bangsar here today.

He said this when asked to comment a newspaper report on the action by some maid agencies in offering maids for hire only to "collect" them after short stints at households.

According to the report, the maids would be "recycled", leaving employers at a loss, including financially, before getting a new maid and then to lose her again.

On an announcement by the Selangor state government to implement the RM1,500 minimum wage for employees of state government-owned companies from next year,Subramaniam said its implementation at the state level would involve a limited
amount of allocation.

For the federal government to implement it, a detailed study would have to be conducted first, he added. --NNN-BERNAMA