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Time for a more transparent labour system, says Indonesian politician

Alyaa Alhadjri & Aedi Asri  |  Published:  |  Modified:

INTERVIEW | The governments of Indonesia and Malaysia must work together to push for a more transparent labour recruitment and placement system between the two countries.

Indonesian Solidarity Party chairperson Grace Natalie said this was as issues surrounding Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia had at times, strained ties between the two countries.

"Now we can see the situation is cool but maybe in future, it could suddenly heat up again.

"This is a complex issue and the problem lies with both parties, Malaysia and Indonesia," said Grace in an interview with Malaysiakini in Kuala Lumpur.

On the part of Indonesia, Grace admitted that the problem lies with some of its workforces who may be recruited through a less than ideal condition - without proper documentation and without undergoing the necessary training to be employed based on their job description.

On the other hand, she pointed out that it was also common to hear reports of Indonesian migrant workers here being cheated by their agents or made to work in other sectors than what they were initially promised before departure...

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