East Timor to send maids to Malaysia

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Malaysia maidsFollowing Indonesia’s decision to stop sending female household workers abroad, East Timor says it is ready to let its women work as domestic maids in Malaysia.

The country’s ambassador Jose Antonio Amorim Dias said that East Timor could provide up to 50,000 people, to be sent in stages, to Malaysia.

“We are prepared if the Malaysian government wants to discuss the matter. If the agreement has been signed, with the terms agreed by both parties, it will not be a problem for us to supply maids to this country,” he said according to Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama.

He added that East Timor welcomed the move to have its people working as maids in Malaysia, considering the good relations enjoyed by both countries.

“Furthermore, there is no language problem as most of the East Timor people speak the Indonesian language which makes it easy for them to communicate with the people in Malaysia,” he said.

The country, he noted, had already been sending its people to work in countries like the UK and South Korea.

“What we did with South Korea is that after the agreement was signed, South Korea sent its representatives to East Timor to teach the workers their language, culture and work scope. Likewise, with Malaysia, if it has been agreed to bring maids from East Timor, Malaysia can then send its representatives to train our people,” he added.

Malaysia is expected to face a shortage of maids if Indonesia stops sending its women to work as maids abroad beginning next year. The move is said to be in line with an announcement by the Indonesian government in its Domestic Worker Roadmap 2017 to stop sending its people to work as maids abroad to protect the interests of its citizens.

Currently, there are about 150,000 foreigners working as maids in Malaysia, and about 50,000 of them are from Indonesia.

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Following Indonesia’s decision to stop sending female household workers abroad, East Timor says it is ready to let its women work as domestic maids in Malaysia.

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Malaysia maidsFollowing Indonesia’s decision to stop sending female household workers abroad, East Timor says it is ready to let its women work as domestic maids in Malaysia.

The country’s ambassador Jose Antonio Amorim Dias said that East Timor could provide up to 50,000 people, to be sent in stages, to Malaysia.

“We are prepared if the Malaysian government wants to discuss the matter. If the agreement has been signed, with the terms agreed by both parties, it will not be a problem for us to supply maids to this country,” he said according to Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama.

He added that East Timor welcomed the move to have its people working as maids in Malaysia, considering the good relations enjoyed by both countries.

“Furthermore, there is no language problem as most of the East Timor people speak the Indonesian language which makes it easy for them to communicate with the people in Malaysia,” he said.

The country, he noted, had already been sending its people to work in countries like the UK and South Korea.

“What we did with South Korea is that after the agreement was signed, South Korea sent its representatives to East Timor to teach the workers their language, culture and work scope. Likewise, with Malaysia, if it has been agreed to bring maids from East Timor, Malaysia can then send its representatives to train our people,” he added.

Malaysia is expected to face a shortage of maids if Indonesia stops sending its women to work as maids abroad beginning next year. The move is said to be in line with an announcement by the Indonesian government in its Domestic Worker Roadmap 2017 to stop sending its people to work as maids abroad to protect the interests of its citizens.

Currently, there are about 150,000 foreigners working as maids in Malaysia, and about 50,000 of them are from Indonesia.

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