Malaysia mulls Burmese maids

Naypyitaw (The Star/ANN) - Malaysia is willing to consider providing opportunity to Burmese nationals registered under the 6P programme to work as maids.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said during his meeting with Burma President Thein Sein on Wednesday that he had informed the Burmese government that more than 250,000 of its nationals had registered under the 6P biometric programme.

Najib, who was in Burma for a two-day official visit which ended yesterday, said Malaysia would consider giving them a chance to work as domestic maids because their nationals were polite.

"We need further discussions about the proposal. We do not know the terms and conditions. But if the terms are acceptable, we certainly can consider," he said.

Najib said it would not be that difficult to pursue the proposal if Burmese nationals could fit in culturally with Malaysia's way of life.

"This matter will be handled by the Human Resources Ministry," he told Malaysian media at the end of his visit.

When asked, Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam said discussions on hiring maids from Burma involved several matters, including safety.

It is understood that Burma has a strict policy on the hiring of its female workers and that the number of its domestic maids is very small.

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