KUALA LUMPUR, 24 June 2009: PAS Youth has called on the government to set down a regulation that Muslim maids from Indonesia or other countries be allowed to work only for Muslim families, and non-Muslim families be allowed only non-Muslim maids.
The movement’s chief, Nasrudin Hassan, in a statement today said the matter had been suggested several times by PAS Youth as well as by several non-governmental organisations, so that the issues of the prayer, fasting, halal food, comfortable and clean dwelling, and fair wages could be addressed.
Nasrudin said if these issues were not resolved, it would sour ties between the peoples of Malaysia and Indonesia.
He cited recent cases of abuse of Indonesian maids that led the Indonesian Minister for Human Resources and Transmigation Erman Suparno to suggest temporarily halting Indonesian maids coming to Malaysia
PAS Youth also urged the government to mete out heavy punishment on employers who were negligent or purposely hurt their maids physically, mentally and spiritually. — Bernama