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Indonesia to gradually stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan

Indonesia to gradually stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan

Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 27 (CNA) Indonesia plans to begin measures to stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan in 2017, as the Southeast Asian country is moving forward with a plan to stop sending domestic workers abroad in an effort to protect the country's dignity, according to an Indonesian official. To move forward with President Joko Widodo's policy of preventing any more Indonesians from working abroad as domestic workers, Nusron Wahid -- head of the Agency of Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers -- said his country will stop sending domestic workers to the Middle East, starting this year, as the first step. From 2017, it will gradually stop sending domestic workers to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau and other countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, he said Wednesday during an interview with Indonesian media Liputan6.com. Rather than sending domestic workers overseas, he said, Indonesia will begin exporting trained and skilled workers. To that end, he said, his government is preparing to provide training programs to help give them skills. He said he believes this policy will help Indonesian migrant workers get better salaries. He was appointed after Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new president in October. The new government has made improving the rights and benefits of migrant workers and their overall working conditions one of its top administrative priorities. During an interview with CNA in December, the official said he understands Taiwan's need for domestic helpers from Indonesia and suggested a solution to maintain the flow of workers in informal sectors. Taiwan should comprehensively raise wages for Indonesian domestic helpers based on its own minimum wage regulations, and work hours should be limited to a level consistent with local law, he said, adding that domestic helpers should not live under the same roof as their employers but should be housed in dormitories. (By Jay Chou and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 03:13 GMT+08:00