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Indonesia plans to stop sending new live-in maids abroad (including Singapore) from 2017

In case you haven’t been following the news, Indonesia said that Indonesia plans to stop sending new live-in maids abroad (that includes Singapore) as early as next year.

According to the Straits Times, the Indonesia Ministry of Manpower wants maids to live separately from their employers in dormitories, work regular hours, and get public holidays and days off. In turn, employers will get “better quality” maids who will be certified in Indonesia and trained in skills such as cooking, childcare and eldercare.

This move will only be applicable to new domestic workers, and live-in maids who already working abroad can extend their visas.

Most of the maids in Singapore come from Indonesia, with around 125,000 working here.

And here’s how Singaporeans reacted:

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The good hearted

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While I wholly support initiatives and policies that will result in better/decent working conditions for maids and foreign workers, I don’t see how Indonesia’s latest move is going to work, especially since other countries don’t impose such conditions.

What do you think? Share your views with us!

1 Comment

  1. I think this is a good idea, painful as it might be for some Singaporeans. My opinion is that most abuse cases are the result of Singaporeans can’t get used to having a stranger in the house, despite the need for that stranger. Part time maids or walk in maids might be the way to go.

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