Employers' association against maid pay hike

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Maid Employers' Association (Mama) has shot down a suggestion by the Indonesian embassy that the salary of Indonesian domestic workers be increased "much more" than the agreed RM700 (S$280) to attract them to work here.

Its president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said Mama firmly backed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Indonesia in May last year, which set the minimum salary of maids at RM700 a month.

"Paying RM700 a month is already a burden to employers. Any further increase is not acceptable at all," he said.

Engku Ahmad said vigilant enforcement and political will should be able to make the MoU work but both Malaysian and Indonesian authorities were "back pedalling".

He was asked to comment on Indonesian embassy information, social and cultural affairs minister counsellor, Suryana Sastradiredja who was quoted as saying that maids were paid up to RM2,000 monthly in Hong Kong and if "the rich in Malaysia" wanted to engage good Indonesian maids, they should pay more.

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