When Indonesian and Malaysian ministers sit down at a bilateral meeting Saturday (Sept 5), an issue they will be discussing is Indonesian maids. More specifically, their salary.
According to Indonesian media reports, Indonesia will demand a minimum monthly salary of RM800 for its domestic helpers.
Kompas online quoted remarks made by Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Da’i Bachtiar during a breaking of fast with some 400 Indonesian migrant workers at his office in Kuala Lumpur Thursday.
He said maids received RM400-500 per month, but since March 2009, their wages had been raised to RM600 per month under an extended employment period.
Any Malaysian employer wishing to have their domestic helpers’ employment extended for another year or two, will be obliged to pay their domestic helpers at least RM600 a month.
"Otherwise we will not extend their work contracts," the one-time Indonesian chief of police was quoted to have said.