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Malaysia, Cambodia sign new agreement to protect maids

Cambodian maids who work in Malaysia will be given smartphones, bank accounts and counselling under a new agreement signed by the two countries yesterday, an employment agency representative said – measures intended to prevent the kind of widespread abuses that resulted in a ban on ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/malaysia-cambodia-sign-new-agreement-protect-maids

Cambodian maids to earn at least RM1,020 a month

Salaries which start at S$420 (RM1,020.76), and no placement fees from employers. These proposals were part of a document the Cambodian government sent to selected maid agents, as Singapore moves ahead with a pilot scheme to see how well Cambodian maids adapt to life here. The ...

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/31/asia/13179787&sec=asia

Qatar’s maid claims amiss: gov’t

The Cambodian government has denied any agreement was signed to send women to Qatar to work as domestic workers, an official from the Labour Ministry said this week. The denial comes after a report late last month by Qatari newspaper Gulf Times – which said an ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013050965504/National/qatar-s-maid-claims-amiss-gov-t.html

Pilot scheme plans to send maids to Singapore

Four hundred Cambodian women could be sent to Singapore  as soon as the middle of this year to work as maids  under a pilot scheme by the governments of Cambodia and Singapore. The Post has obtained an internal circular the Singapore Ministry of Manpower sent to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013020461152/National/maids-heading-to-singapore.html

Draft Accord on Domestic Workers Completed

Government and U.N. officials yesterday completed the draft of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is designed to guarantee the fair treatment and safety of Cambodian domestic workers in Malaysia. The new draft MoU is an amendment to an earlier, much-criticized version create by Malaysia, ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Maid may be stuck in Malaysia

The mother of a domestic maid allegedly stranded in Malaysia has become the latest Cambodian claimant to file an official complaint to the Ministry of Interior over labor abuse in the country. Em Sokhum said her 24-year-old daughter Chher Sophorn left to pursue work in Malaysia more than ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102959449/National-news/domestic-helper-may-be-stuck-in-malaysia.html

Maid Company Offers Alternative to Migration

A new made-service company that claims to be the only one of its kind in Cambodia is offering an alternative employment option for the country’s many domestic workers who face insecure, and often abusive, workplace conditions overseas. Ming Hour Home Service, which opened in July, employs ...

PM urges migrant protection

Some 285 million workers will migrate for employment when ASEAN countries open their borders to each other in 2015, Prime Minister Hun Sen predicted yesterday, as he urged speedier regional legislative action to ensure they could travel safely. At an ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council meeting, the premier warned ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102659423/National-news/pm-urges-migrant-protection.html

Migrant worker policy set to change: ministry

The Cambodian government has developed six prakases related to a controversial sub-decree that regulates the recruitment of migrant workers, but it cannot yet release the details, a Labor Ministry official said yesterday. On the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Siem Reap aimed at curtailing migrant worker abuses, Seng Sakada, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101159236/National-news/migrant-worker-policy-set-to-change-ministry-says.html

Experts Put Forward Changes to Draft Agreement Protecting Maids

Officials from the government  U.N. and human rights groups on Friday put forward amendments to draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is designed to impose safeguards for Cambodians to travel to work as maids in Malaysia. While the original draft by the Malaysian government sets out the responsibility of ...

Gov't Says No Plans to Send Maids to Singapore

The governemnt yesterday denied a recent news report that discussions were under way to have Cambodian domestic workers sent to Singapore. An Bunhak, chairman of the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies (ACRA), said he did not know of any immediate plans to send maids to ...

Maid Talk Premature: Ministry

The Ministry of Labour has played down reports it is close to sending domestic workers to Singapore, a country that has only recently granted foreign maids a weekly day off. The two countries’ governments had been in talks with Singapore’s Association of Employment Agencies about placing ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092458870/National-news/talk-of-khmer-maids-in-singapore.html

Talks under way to source maids from Cambodia

TALKS are under way to bring in Cambodian maids to help offset the shortfall in domestic workers from Indonesia. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking to make Cambodia an approved source country for domestic workers in Singapore and will make a decision soon. Association of Employment ...

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/23/asia/12069202&sec=

Firm's 'hostage' awaits justice

Heng Hak wore a blank expression yesterday, her hair recently dyed a shade of blonde. Though her appearance suggested composure, a lift of her pant leg revealed the manifestation of the trauma she tried to escape last year. In March 2011, Hak jumped from the third ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083158412/National-news/firms-hostageawaits-justice.html

Migrant abuse trending up

Human rights group Adhoc released a report on the state of Cambodian migrant workers yesterday, saying that tales of abuse from migrant workers and their families have increased five-fold compared to the same period last year. Seventy per cent of this year’s 141 complaints concerned domestic ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061556814/National-news/migrant-abuse-trending-up.html

Maids to Saudi Arabia denied

Both the government and the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies yesterday denied media reports that Cambodia and Vietnam will provide domestic workers to Saudi Arabia. Citing Saudi Arabian newspapers, the news website Emirates 24/7 reported yesterday that Cambodia and Vietnam had agreed to send maids to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061356764/National-news/maids-to-saudi-arabia-denied.html

Agreement to protect maids needs strengthening, Gov't says

A draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) drawn up by Malaysia to regulate maids working in the country does not sufficiently protect their rights and needs improvements, an official at the Labor Ministry said on Thursday. Malaysian officials drew up the MoU between the two governments following ...

Malaysian couple charged with Cambodian maid murder

A Malaysian couple were charged Friday with the murder of their Cambodian maid, who police suspect may have died of prolonged starvation. The alleged abuse case of Mey Sichan, who would have turned 24 in September, is one of many that have caused both Cambodia and ...

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/348774

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