KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) -- The Cambodian Embassy will continuously
monitor Cambodian maids who worked in Malaysia until they returned home after
their contracts expired.
To fulfill the obligation, the Embassy has formed a working relationship
with the National Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap) since April, to
ensure Cambodian maids had valid Employment Contracts, Personal Accident
insurance (PA), medical assistance and a bank account.
"This is to ensure their welfare and ensure a smooth service of employment
as per the contract of service agreed upon by the employer and the maid," said
Pikap President Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan in a statement here today.
Meanwhile, Raja Zulkepley and the Association of Cambodian Recruitment
Agencies (Acra) chairman Dr An Bunhak in a joint statement here, advised
Malaysian employers to treat Cambodian domestic workers with better respect,
kindness, understanding, patience and not to abuse them.
The statement said since the domestic workers were from rural areas and were
not well educated, there are bound to be miscommunication and misunderstanding
between employers and the domestic workers.
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"Employers should therefore exercise greater patience and understanding in
interacting with them. The recent abuse cases that were reported in the
newspapers are a great cause of concern for us," it said.
Both associations advised employers facing any form of problems with their
domestic workers to seek assistance from amongst the Royal Embassy of Cambodia,
Acra, Pikap or the maid agency that brought in the domestic worker.
The associations also appealed to the authorities to take stern and
swift action against employers who abused domestic workers.
Raja Zulkepley hoped the Cambodian government would lift the ban as soon as
possible with the cooperation established between the associations and the
Currently, there are about 30,000 Cambodian domestic workers working in
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