Indonesia, Malaysia ink MoU to protect Indonesian workers

INDONESIA: Indonesian and Malaysian labour leaders have signed an agreement to specifically protect Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.

Malaysian Human Resources Minister Saravanan Murugan, and Indonesian Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah inked the memorandum of understanding that outlines the One Channel System. The MoU indicates the flow of recruiting, placing, and repatriating Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.

“Indonesian migrant workers have contributed a lot to economic development in Malaysia," Indonesian President Joko Widodo said. “So it is only natural that they get maximum rights and protection from our two countries.”

Data from the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers show that more than 79,000 Indonesian migrant workers were deployed in Malaysia in 2019.

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, “This MoU will ensure that all processes for the recruitment and protection of migrant workers will be carried out comprehensively by the parties concerned based on applicable laws in both countries.”

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