Malaysia to hold talks with Cambodia over domestic help ban

Human Resource Minister S. Subramaniam said Malaysia will hold talks with Cambodia to resolve the ban the Cambodian government has imposed on the sending of domestic help to Malaysia.

He said the government was willing to hear views from the Cambodian government on ways to improve the welfare of Cambodian maids working in Malaysia.

“At my ministry level, we will look at all the processes to see how we can improve the existing system to improve supervision as to the welfare of foreign workers, specifically domestic help,” he said in commenting on the ban imposed by the Cambodian government on Friday following reports of a few cases of abuse involving Cambodian maids working in Malaysia.

Dr Subramaniam said the abuse cases were a “one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel” situation because only about one per cent of registered maid employers in the country were found to have acted cruelly against their maids.

Earlier, he had handed over offer letters to 39 school leavers from around the Klang Valley to pursue studies under the ministry’s MYSKILLS programme.

The progamme, launched in June, to date has provided study opportunities to 2,590 school leavers from throughout the peninsula.

According to Dr Subramaniam, graduates of the programme could earn good incomes working as welders, cooks and mechanics.

– Bernama