Indonesia to resume sending workers to Malaysia: minister

17:02, April 06, 2011      

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The government of Indonesia will resume sending migrant workers to Malaysia as both countries will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) about worker protection, online news quoted a minister as saying here on Wednesday.

Minister for Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar said that the MoU will be signed at the end of this month and by May the practice of sending workers could be resumed.

"There are several agreements and will be signed soon. First, one day off in a week. Second, passports are held by the workers and the third, salary payment is through banks. And the fourth, salary agreement is written into working contracts," Iskandar told a parliamentary hearing.

In 2009, Indonesia put a moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia.

However, according to Iskandar, there are 11,000 new Indonesian workers in Malaysia since the moratorium went into effect.

"They are illegal workers and we face difficulties to curb them entering Malaysia," he said.

He said that there are three obstacles to curbing the workers flowing to Malaysia.

"First is the policy of free visa to visit Malaysia and the second is weak law enforcement. The third is the open border areas that pose difficulties to the government in detecting them," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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