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Jakarta Post

RI, Malaysia close to deal on worker protection

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 8 2010   /  09:53 am

Malaysia and Indonesia are close to signing a comprehensive agreement on migrant workers that will better protect Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia from abuse by employers.Both governments have settled all differences except for the issue of minimum salary for the more than 2 million Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Da’i Bachtiar said.He said the Malaysian government had agreed to give Indonesian migrant workers one day off in a week, allow them to hold their passports for the duration of their contract and cover the workers’ transportation costs as well as periodic salary increases.“We have reached a deal in all those measures, except for the minimum salary. We expect negotiations will be concluded at the end of February, and that the ban on sending workers will be revoked before March,” he said on Saturday.Indonesia has imposed...