PETALING JAYA: Insufficient protection of migrant workers could be one of the factors that prevented the signing of the agreement between the Malaysian and Indonesian governments, according to a human resources group.
“We are not surprised that the Malaysia-Indonesia Memorandum of Understanding on the recruitment and placement of Indonesian domestic workers (IDPs) is not ready for signing next week as scheduled,” said the National Resource Association. humans from Malaysia (Pusma). President Zarina Ismail, who urged the Malaysian government to urgently improve local labor laws to include better protection for migrant workers.
“As local labor laws do not provide sufficient protection for migrant workers, Indonesia will naturally seek to ensure that the MoU will provide protection where local laws do not suffice,” he said. she said in a statement yesterday.
The memorandum of understanding, which was expected to be signed on Feb. 7 or 8 by the two governments, is now expected to be concluded later this month, according to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.
Zarina also said labor laws in Malaysia need to be reviewed as the country relies heavily on migrant workers.
Improved laws and policies could also improve Malaysia’s ranking in the US Human Trafficking Report, she said.
In response to the delay in signing the MoU, Malaysian Maid Employers Association (Mama) President Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said consensus between the two countries must be reached urgently to resolve the supply and demand issues faced by employers.
“A lot of (employers) are hoping this can be accelerated to overcome their domestic constraints,” he said when contacted.