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PAPA MEETING WITH THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF LABOR IN INDONESIA 12th-14th October 2011

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On 12th. October 2011, PAPAS has been invited to witness the signing of the MOU between PAPA and IMSEF group of Indonesian agencies which comprised of more than 75 PTs in Indonesia. Those attended were, Acting President Mr. Jeffery Foo, Vice President 1 Mr. Foo Yong Hooi, Vice President 2, Mr. Bayen Lok and AJK members, Mr. Jason Tan, Kol(B) Hj. Muhamad Maidin, Mel(B) Mohd Zainal Juni and Mdm. Lim Beng Tian. The grand workshop was also graced by our Tengku Kamazeri T. Ismail from the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia. The signing of the MOU between the two associations was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Labor and the Director General of Labor in the workshop held in Jakarta recently. It was here, all parties inclusive of the Indonesian associations were involved in the discussion on the preparation of the lifting of the Moratorium imposed by our Indonesian government. PAPA was invited to present our views for the good of the industry. Each team was represented and the Malaysia JTF was represented by Tengku from the Malaysian Embassy who is now wearing 3 hats – the Malaysian Embassy, the Indonesian JTF and the Malaysian JTF. Syabas! He did well but on that Thursday morning, he wore the Indonesian JTF hat.

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About 400 members attended the workshop and we all got to meet up with old friends in the industry. We have had private meetings with the Director General to explain PAPA’s concept of protection to the Domestic Workers, fair pricing, guarantee of salary, legal representation, shelter home and other self regulatory procedures that PAPA will imposed if the Moratorium is lifted up. Both countries are very keen to have the Moratorium lifted and all parties are working towards ending the ban which has been in forced for more than 2 & a half years which has caused hardship to all parties. The signal is clear, the lifting of the Moratorium has long been overdue and even the Indonesia people are clamoring over the lifting of the ban. All the associations agreed that they want their people protected yet they are also very keen to be able to start sending Indonesian Domestic Workers to Malaysia. The dream may soon come true.

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The third picture was taken when our Acting President Mr. Jeffery Foo was having a private discussion with both the Deputy Minister of Labor and the Director General of the Labor. We believe that these two government officials have the interest of all parties in mind especial the protection against abuse and non-payment of salary to the Domestic Workers by some unscrupulous employers in Malaysia.

We have mentioned that there are adequate laws in Malaysia to handle those found guilty of abusing the Domestic Workers. PAPA has guaranteed that its members will work together to ensure that the Indonesian Domestic Workers are well taken care of and not exploited and we will work within the confines of the MOU signed between both countries. We have the plan, we have the mechanism and we have the capability.

Let us work together to know that, we will not compromise on the safety and welfare of the Domestic Workers, we will not compromise on the protection of the Employers and the Agencies at large. Come, let us work together and assure the government of Indonesia that Malaysian Employers are 95% good and treat the Domestic Workers well.

The general consensus was to lift up the Moratorium and allow Indonesian Domestic Helpers back into Malaysia to work, a country of likeness in language, culture and customs, a country where different cultures meet and become 1 Malaysia like a big family.