Indonesia and Malaysia discussed ways to improve protection of Indonesian domestic migrant workers in Malaysia

Representatives of relevant government agencies, workers’ organizations and employment providers from Indonesia and Malaysia gathered in Jakarta on 3 November at the two-day Binational Workshop on Recruitment and Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Indonesia-Malaysia Corridor to discuss ways to improve the situation and working condition of Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Malaysia.

News | 03 November 2015
Representatives of relevant government agencies, workers’ organizations and employment providers from Indonesia and Malaysia gathered in Jakarta on 3 November at the two-day Binational Workshop on Recruitment and Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Indonesia-Malaysia Corridor to discuss ways to improve the situation and working condition of Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Malaysia. The Workshop was conducted by the ILO through its Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their Families and its Tripartite Action for Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Regional (ASEAN Triangle) project.

From left to right: Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, Guntur Witjaksono, Special Assistance to the Manpower Minister for International Relations of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Wan Zulkifli bin Wan Setapa, Director of Labour Standards Division, Department of Labour of Malaysia
The Workshop was opened by Francesco d’Ovidio, the new Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, Wan Zulkifli bin Wan Setapa, Director of Labour Standards Division, Department of Labour of Malaysia and Guntur Witjaksono, Special Assistance to the Manpower Minister for International Relations of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower.

Francesco d’Ovidio

The ILO, according to Francesco, is committed to improve working conditions of Indonesian migrant workers, particularly migrant domestic workers. “The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration includes measures for issues on labour migration and trafficking, in the context of abusive working conditions,” he said in his opening remarks.

The Malaysian Government is also committed to work together with the Indonesian Government. “The Malaysian Government will ensure the betterment of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia,” stated Wan Zulkifli in his opening remarks.

The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration includes measures for issues on labour migration and trafficking, in the context of abusive working conditions."

Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia
Meanwhile, Guntur emphasized the active role of the Indonesian government in ensuring the protection Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia. “The Government of Indonesia will take an active role in the recruitment process of the Indonesian migrant workers as part of the effort to provide better protection.”

Malaysia is an important country destination for migrant domestic workers, the majority are from Indonesia. Malaysia is a popular destination because there is a high demand for domestic work, and it is close to Indonesia, in terms of geography, culture and language.