KUALA LUMPUR: Employers stand to save up to RM10,000 when employing new domestic maids once they are allowed to do so directly, without having to go through maid agencies.
In the 2018 Budget tabling today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that employers can now opt to engage maids directly from nine source countries.
Malaysian Maid Employers Association (MAMA) president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said this is a positive development as the existing cost could be more than halved.
“For example, if one were to hire an Indonesian maid through an agency, employers have to pay between RM14,000 to RM18,000 which include levies, visas, permits, medical costs and more.
“From the total, around RM10,000 goes to the agent for training, temporary accommodations, flight tickets and the ‘middlemen’ in Indonesia.
“Through the initiatives announced by the government, employers can bypass all these and deal directly with maids at the source countries. I hope this initiative is retained,” he said.
Apart from having the option to hire the maids directly, the government had also announced that employers can apply for visas for their maids from the Immigration Department online, at existing levy and processing fee rates.
Engku Ahmad Fauzi said the move would speed up matters for employers with regards to registration, as well as reducing the cost of employing maids.
“Currently, employers have to go to the Immigration Department themselves or use an agent to register their foreign worker. This is very inconvenient for those who are busy as the registration process can take more than a day.
“I am grateful to the government and hope that employers will be more responsible with their maids as they can now no longer pass the blame to the agents if any problems occur,” he said.