“Call A Spade A Spade”: When Abuse of Domestic Workers is Forced Labour
Irene Xavier, Executive Director, Selangor Friends of Women Association
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Indonesia’s ambassador to Malaysia, Hermono, recently questioned the higher number of cases of mistreatment and abuse of Indonesian domestic workers in the country compared to some of our neighbouring countries like Singapore. He also added that some of these cases pretty much amount to modern-day slavery. But such cases are not new, in fact, there are news reports of similar cases over the past years. Irene Xavier, Executive Director of Selangor Friends of Women Association joins us to discuss how we can treat domestic workers, and the legal reforms needed to push us in the right direction.
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Produced by: Lim Sue Ann
Presented by: Lim Sue Ann
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Categories: social issues
Tags: Employment Act 1955, the bigger picture, live and learn, domestic workers, migrant workers, domestic work, workers rights, employee rights, unpaid wages,