At the moment, said Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies vice-president Jeffrey Foo, agents could only visit the maids in the presence of the employer.
"Although there is a clause in the agreement between the agency and employer, which allows agents to check on their maids, it does not always happen that way," Foo
"Even with the agreement, we cannot speak to a maid if the employer is not around.
If we call the maids on the phone, the employer can accuse us of breaching his
And that is why Foo
welcomed the suggestion by Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun that agencies should visit foreign maids at least twice a year and hold meetings with employers.
The suggestion was to curb any physical, sexual or mental abuse of foreign maids.
Chew said foreign maids should be allowed at least half an hour with the agent to express their grievances.
"This is not new to us.
We have practised this since abuse cases began making headlines some years ago," said Foo
said some employers had no problems with agents meeting their maids but some were more sticky about it.
"There are some employers who refuse to speak to us.
Even when maids go missing, they refuse to see us."
This was why, Foo
said, it was important to make it mandatory for agents to visit employers so that abusive employers could be weeded out.
M. Pushpa, who has been running a maid agency for the past three years, said she
made it a point to visit the maids two weeks after they have joined and three months later.