Foreign interest in Malaysian maids

Just months after My Local Maid was founded in May, it has already received several inquiries from Australia, Britain and New Zealand.

Mr Wan Roslan said there are plans to supply maids abroad. "We have had several potential employers seeking to hire a helper through MLM but out of the four inquiries, none has been successful just yet."

Among the issues to be ironed out are visa application and pay.

"They want to hire our maids but under our existing policy and pay", but it may be hard for such Malaysian maids to work overseas, he noted, given that most are uneducated and do not speak English.

They also may not want to work overseas as they are scared of becoming victims of human trafficking, he added. Not to mention that a pay of between RM1,000 (S$320) and RM1,500 is too little.

"The income bracket should be aligned with how much helpers earn in the respective country."

 

Mr Wan Roslan added that MLM would need two to four months to train the maids before they could be sent overseas. They would need to be trained in the local language of the foreign country, for example.

Singapore may be the best destination for Malaysian maids, he said.

"Although Singapore is a foreign land, it is close to Johor and there are tonnes of Johoreans who speak English and are looking for an opportunity to work there. Also, some Singaporeans know Bahasa Malaysia."

Nadirah H. Rodzi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2017, with the headline 'Foreign interest in Malaysian maids'. Print Edition | Subscribe