Indonesian embassy warns maids to avoid Malaysia after abuse scandal
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Indonesia on Tuesday warned its nationals not to work as maids in Malaysia after a weekend raid freed 105 women who were confined against their will and forced to work without pay.
In the latest maid abuse scandal to hit Malaysia, authorities said they had freed 95 Indonesians, six Filipinas and four Cambodians who toiled as housemaids by day but were locked inside a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur at night.
Recurring reports of abuse of Indonesian maids have soured relations between the two South-east Asian neighbours and in 2009 prompted Jakarta to angrily cut off the supply of domestic workers to Malaysia.
The two sides announced a year ago that the ban would be lifted after they reaching an accord to provide maids better protection and working conditions.