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Indonesia to lift migrant worker freeze on Aug 1

Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia, 28 July 2022 - Indonesia will be lifting its temporary freeze on workers entering Malaysia from Aug 1, says human resources minister M Saravanan.

Saravanan said Indonesia had agreed to rescind the temporary freeze, which the minister previously said was merely a “temporary postponement”, Bernama reported.

On July 13, Indonesian ambassador Hermono said Jakarta had imposed a temporary freeze on all Indonesian workers entering Malaysia following a dispute over the system used for the recruitment of Indonesian maids.

Saravanan also said Malaysia and Indonesia had agreed to integrate the current system for the intake of domestic workers.

This will be done by the Malaysian immigration department and the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Previously, Hermono had said the freeze was due to the immigration department’s continued use of the Maid Online System (MOS) for the recruitment of maids instead of the One Channel System (OCS).

He said the OCS was agreed to in Malaysia’s memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indonesia, signed in April.



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