Hiring house helpers in Malaysia used to take up to one month. But now, the process only takes up to five days.
The process can be done online and has been made easier.
An employer just needs to log into the online maids system website and register the name of the househelper he or she plans to hire before uploading their medical screening document.
After the registration, the Immigration Department will assess the document first before requiring the payment for the hiring and the release of the temporary employment visit pass.
The employer has to pay MYR 1,635 or equivalent to P20,000.
The amount is lower than the MYR 12,000 or P 140,000 an employer had to pay for in the past.
“It’s easier now because it’s the employer who directly hires from the Philippines. Fees are lower and the process is faster. In the past, they would have to wait for three months. Now it’s faster since it can be done online,” domestic helper Leny Palma said.
The new system also allows for the hiring of househelpers with expired social visit pass and they no longer need to look for an agency.
“Even though their visas have already expired, once they are able to find an employer who would process their hiring or would sponsor them, it will be processed easily. They no longer need to return to the Philippines,” domestic helper Kate Macam said.
Employers in Malaysia could do a direct hiring of foreign domestic helpers from Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Philippines.
“One disadvantage is the wide range of selection other than Filipinos who are already in Malaysia. There are applicants from Indonesia and Thailand. Filipinos expect a higher salary that’s why employers choose the ones with the lower salary expectations. There is so much competition,” Macam said.
Since the employers can now directly hire housemaids, it would be their responsibility to create a contract and to apply for domestic helpers’ insurance for accidents, health and death.
POEA Acting Administrator Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, meanwhile, confirms the new policy of Malaysia.
However, the agency wrote to the government of Malaysia expressing concern over the new policy which it claims might affect the security of overseas Filipino workers.
“It’s right the process will become easier because they removed the FRAs or the foreign recruitment agencies’ participation in the recruitment process, but it will be disadvantageous on our part, in the part of OFWs, Filipino overseas and POEA. Why? Because we have this so-called JSL provisions or the joint and solidary liability . . . in case of employment violations by the employer of our OFWs employment contracts, we go after our FRAs, we go after the foreign recruitment agencies . . . now that there are no longer FRAs, who would we go after?” said Olalia. – Maya Barquez | UNTV News & Rescue