Saravanan to sign MoU with Indonesia to protect domestic workers


HUMAN Resources (HR) Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan (picture) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding and Protection of Indonesian Domestic Workers (MOUPDI) with Indonesian Labour Minister Ida Fauziyah on April 1.

The signing ceremony would be held in Jakarta and the MOUPDI would pioneer the entry of Indonesian foreign workers into the sector, where employment is allowed.

“The MOUPDI was signed for the first time in 2006, which expired in 2011 and then renewed until 2016.

“However, after 2016, it could not be renewed due to the lack of agreement between the two countries,” Saravanan said in a statement yesterday.

It will be witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, which Saravanan said will reflect the commitment and agreement of both countries in implementing the MoU.

“As of February 2022, the total number of Indonesian employees in the country is 352,469 people. They are in the plantation sector (98,421), construction (65,660), manufacturing (67,217), domestic servants (58,438), agriculture (43,953) and services (18,779),” Saravanan added.