February 16th, 2011 23:24:00
KUALA LUMPUR: The Working Committee of Maid Agencies that was set up to look into the problem of shortage maids in the country has urged the government to reduce the age requirement for maid recruitment to 18.
The current policy stipulates that maids must be between 21 and 41 years.
The committee’s chairman Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan said the step could help increase entry of maids by 30 per cent, and in the process help the shortage of maids in the county.
According to the latest figures, Malaysia is in need of some 60,000 maids at the present.
The shortage resulted after the Indonesian government imposed a freeze on the export of maids in 2009.
Raja Zulkepley added that the committee, which represented some 100 maid agencies, would raise the issue with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein if this matter was not addressed within two weeks, as it had been already been raised by maid agencies previously.