GEORGE TOWN, May 18 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng hope Putrajaya discuss together with Indonesian government’s and ask Indonesian President Joko Widodo to reconsider on new maid ruling which to stop sending female workers republic as maids abroad starting next year.
“I hope that Federal Government can discuss this issue with Indonesia Government. Although it is the right of Indonesia Government, but I hope that it can be discussed because without maid, it will affect Malaysian families who employ live-in maids to care for their children,” Lim said in the press conference here today.
“In many households, both parents work so they need a maids to help them so without live-in maids, it will only force the women to leave the workforce and stay home. In the meantime, it could also force the men to become house husbands. This could be detrimental to the economy,” he said.
Also present were Exco for Youth, Sports and Women, Family and Community Development, Chong Eng; and Political Secretary, Wong Hon Wai. Yesterday, through a local newspaper report said that the Indonesian Ambassador Herman Prayitno previously announced that the Indonesia Government no longer allow female workers republic, lived and worked as a maid in any foreign country starting in 2017.