Article: "Cambodian maids working in Malaysia will receive cellphones with new protections"

Cambodian domestic workers will legally be returning to Malaysia for the first time in 6 years with new protections in place to prevent abuse.Cambodia signed a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with Malaysia to "oversee the protection and well-being of 20,000 Cambodian citizens who are anticipated to go work as domestic employees in Malaysia next year."With this agreement, each worker will be given:

  • A smartphone containing security applications by the private employee agencies
  • A bank account
  • A monthly tracking statement on income payment by the employees
  • Legal Advice

“We at PAPA (Malaysia agency) will provide them with mobile phones with the contact numbers of the embassy, maid agency and other emergency numbers. In case of emergency or if they face problems at their employer’s home, they will have someone to turn to for help"The agreement also ensures the domestic workers have signed and agreed to job details including the size of the household and the types of chores they will be hired to do. Services like vocational training, and Malaysian communication skills will also be taught two to three months before their work in Malaysia begins.Free To Shine is hopeful that these agreements will be longstanding but also reluctant to accept all of these promises due to the severe mistreatment of Cambodians in the past, by both Cambodian agencies and Malaysian employers.

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Source: Southeast Asia Globe

Date: November 30, 2017