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Pilot project to recruit Cambodian maids struggles to take off

High fees, adaptation fears among the reasons, even as recruitment deadline is extended

Published on May 25, 2014 8:57 AM
Cambodian maids at a training centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in May 2013. -- PHOTO: NATION EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

A pilot project to recruit maids from Cambodia is struggling to take off as workers are turned off by high recruitment fees, and the fear of not being able to adapt to life here.

Under a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) pilot scheme that began last August, Cambodian maids are, for the first time, allowed to work in Singapore.

The ministry had set a target of 400 maids to arrive by February but only about 200 are in Singapore now, based on figures from the Cambodian Embassy.

This has prompted MOM to push the deadline to August for Cambodian and Singapore agents to bring in all 400 maids.

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