Indonesia to lift freeze on entry of workers to Malaysia
Indonesia to lift freeze on entry of workers to Malaysia

Indonesia to lift freeze on entry of workers to Malaysia

Indonesia lifted restrictions on the entry of its workers into Malaysia and agreed to integrate the existing system between the Malaysian Immigration Department and the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur for the recruitment of Indonesian domestic workers (IDWs).

Human Resources Minister M Saravanan said the integration of this system will act as a one-stop channel for the recruitment and entry of IDPs into Malaysia as agreed in the previous memorandum of understanding (MoU).

“This system will be operational in another three weeks under the supervision of the Malaysia-Indonesia Joint Task Force,” he said in a statement with his Indonesian counterpart Ida Fauziyah.

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He said that a pilot project will be implemented for a period of three months once the integration of the system is completed to ensure smooth execution of the single-channel system.

“Therefore, the Indonesian side has agreed to withdraw restrictions on the entry of IDPs and Indonesian workers into Malaysia from August 1,” Saravanan said.

Saravanan expressed confidence that resolving the issues in the PDI MoU will lead to smooth entry of Indonesian workers into Malaysia in the domestic service sector as well as other sectors that are allowed to employ foreign workers.

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He reminded employers whose foreign worker quotas have been approved by the human resources ministry to make tax payments to the immigration department immediately.

Employers who want to hire Indonesian workers can recruit them from Monday next week, he said.

Saravanan was in Jakarta in conjunction with the Malaysia-Indonesia Joint Working Group meeting as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding on PDI, which was finalized on July 27.

During the meeting, political and technical aspects were discussed in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on April 1.

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Earlier, Ida said mutual agreement on the necessary steps to ensure the full implementation of the MoU was important, especially with regard to the single channel system.

The Joint Working Group previously discovered several policy and technical implementation issues that could affect the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“We agree to take all necessary steps to ensure that all parties fully comply with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding by involving the relevant agencies or institutions of their respective governments,” she said.