Some 2.5 mln jobs needed per year due to maid moratorium in Indonesia

14:32, June 27, 2011      

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Indonesia's Minister for Manpower and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar on Monday said that the country must provide 2.5 million jobs per year due to a maid moratorium to Saudi Arabia, Indonesia's largest news portal detikcom reported here.

He said that the government will encourage working programs in maid-based regions such as provinces of West Java, East Java and West Nusa Tenggara.

The program to empower and reduce unemployment rate in the relevant regions will receive financial support from several ministries.

"We are calculating budget taken from the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry for Manpower and Transmigration and other ministries. We can handle all maids who cancel their trips," he said.

He added that the program is expected to be effective by next month.

Following the case of execution on a maid named Ruyati binti Satubi in Saudi Arabia, the government decided to impose a moratorium of sending maids to the country starting August 1.

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