The following report is published in the Straits Times on 6 Feb 2012.
'Stop hiring Indonesian maids directly'Jakarta says lack of records makes it hard to contact next-of-kinin crisis
By Amelia Tan
THE Indonesian government wants Singapore employers to stop hiring maids directly, as the absence of records can make it hard to contact their domestic helpers' next-of-kin in an emergency.
Indonesian Embassy counsellor Sukmo Yuwono told The Straits Times that Indonesian Labour Ministry records show that about 36,000 - or 30 per cent of the 120,000 Indonesian maids in Singapore - were hired by employers who did not engage agents.
These 36,000 maids had either completed their two-year stints and decided to renew their contracts, or found their first job in Singapore through recommendations of friends.
Mr Sukmo said agents in Singapore and Indonesia have to update the Indonesian Labour Ministry online database with the personal particulars of every maid they recruit as part of licensing conditions for maid agencies set by Jakarta.
A BIG ISSUE
Number of Indonesian maids hired in Singapore
Number of Indonesian maids employed directly by employers
Agency fee for hiring new Indonesian maid
Agency fee for renewal of Indonesian maid's contract