DPM: Malaysia, Indonesia meet over maid ban postponed

Indonesian domestic worker Adelina was allegedly abused and forced to sleep at her employer's car porch with a dog for a month. — Picture courtesy of Steven Sim's office
Indonesian domestic worker Adelina was allegedly abused and forced to sleep at her employer's car porch with a dog for a month. — Picture courtesy of Steven Sim's office

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — The scheduled meeting between Malaysia and Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower to discuss the potential ban on maids has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamid told Malay Mail that the meet was supposed to take place today; however, it has since been rescheduled. He declined to cite the reason for the postponement.

“We have no information on the next meeting yet,” he said when contacted.

Earlier today, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, will raise four key points at the meeting.

He said Zahrain will convey Malaysia’s interest and commitment in maintaining close bilateral ties between two countries.

“He will also convey that the latest case of abuse was isolated and Malaysia will never protect anyone responsible for the abuse,” said Zahid who is also the home minister.

He also added that the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia and Malaysia needed to be updated.

It was reported last week that Indonesia may soon reintroduce a moratorium on allowing its citizens to work in Malaysia as domestic workers, after the death of 21-year-old Adelina Lisao earlier this month.

Lisao died from multiple organ failure after she was allegedly abused by her employer in Bukit Mertajam.

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