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Indonesia forbids maids to go to work in Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan

09-21-2010 14:12 BJT

JAKARTA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Labor Minister Muhaimin Iskandar on Tuesday asked maids planning to go to work in Malaysia, Kuwait and Jordan to cancel their plans until the governments of the countries provide safety for the workers, Antara news wire said here.

The statement comes following the report of torture and rape of an Indonesian maid by her employers on Sept. 13 in Malaysia.

"Don't go to Malaysia until there is a protection from its government," Muhaimin told reporters in Bali.

Similarly, the minister also forbid workers to go to Kuwait and Jordan, as both country have also poor track record protecting workers safety.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered Indonesia's diplomat in overseas to step up protection by giving legal assistance to Indonesian workers in overseas.

Over 2 millions Indonesian work in non formal sectors in Malaysia, including in household, plantation and construction. Sectors. Tens thousands others work in Kuwait and Jordan.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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