PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia expects Indonesia to lift the freeze on maids soon.
However, the decision on minimum wage was still pending, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Major progress had been made in negotiations between the countries, said Najib after he and visiting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono witnessed the signing of the Letter of Intent (LOI) on the maid issue after their retreat here Tuesday.
The provisions in the LOI include maids being given one off-day weekly and keeping their right to hold their passports.
"I assume that it will be lifted soon with respect to the fact that the issues have been settled.
“We have different systems in Indonesia and here and it complicates matters with respect to wages paid to our workers - it requires more discussions.
“I do not think that it will be a major problem (to lift),” he told reporters after the retreat.
The Indonesian president arrived here Tuesday for the seventh annual consultation between Malaysia and Indonesia to discuss bilateral issues to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Susilo, his wife, Ani Yudhoyono, and his delegation were received at the KL International Airport (KLIA) by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
He is also scheudled to speak at the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
He leaves for Jakarta Wednesday afternoon.
For me I think RM800 wages for one Indonesian maid is something that really need to reconsider. It is too high for the employer. Government also need to take care the liabilities of local workers that even their salary also didn't reach RM800 per month. Local worker need to buy food and accomodation but Indon maids already can stay inside employer's house with foods everyday(Just she need to cook it).