Ministry matters

HR Ministry to submit documents on Indonesia MoU to Cabinet, says Saravanan

JOHOR BARU: The Ministry of Human Resources will present its documents on the Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia to the Cabinet, said Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

He said the documents touched on three important issues requested by Indonesia in the MoU, such as the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers.

“There are some issues that need to be looked at such as the minimum wage, their scope of work and a legal system to bring Indonesian domestic workers here.

“Once the Cabinet accepts the documents from the ministry, we will forward them to Jakarta and hope that the two countries can sign the MoU as soon as possible,” he added.

Saravanan was speaking to reporters after participating in the Tekun Nasional Entrepreneur Program with Socso on Tuesday (February 22).

The event was also attended by the Minister of Entrepreneurs and Cooperative Development, Tan Sri Noh Omar.

On Monday, Wisma Putra said Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Hermono had been called to clarify his comments regarding the Memorandum of Understanding on the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the first meeting was held at the ministry on February 16.

“An agreement has been reached for both parties to continue to take positive and constructive approaches in addressing issues related to the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers,” he said.

Wisma Putra said all issues raised will be forwarded to the respective ministries or agencies.

The discussion also focused on the status of the Memorandum of Understanding between Malaysia and Indonesia on the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers.

It includes the approaches and direction that should be taken by both sides to finalize and conclude the MoU negotiations in the near future, the Foreign Ministry said.

This is to ensure that the process of recruiting Indonesian domestic workers can be managed in a systematic way and that the issue of their protection is given top priority based on the policies and laws enforced by both countries.

“Positive and constructive approaches involving the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers will benefit both sides and at the same time help strengthen the close ties between Malaysia and Indonesia,” said Wisma Putra.

Indonesia had stopped supplying domestic workers to Malaysia until a memorandum of understanding on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian domestic workers was signed.