The potential drawbacks of direct hiring

Of course, there are some potential problems in direct hiring, despite the low cost. Although there are also risks involved when you hire through an agency, such as when your maid services has absconded, the agency fee will not be refunded. However, there are some agencies that provide 6-month warranty in the event your maid absconded in the first six months.

If you are hiring directly, here are some problems you may face:

1. Difficulty in finding a foreign helper

Unless you have the contact of a potential foreign maid in the country with a social visit pass in the country, it will be quite difficult for an employer to find a potential employee without an agent’s biodata.

This brings us to the next issue.

2. The risk of getting scammed

Many employers will likely contact their previous live-in maid who is now back in their home country. The cost for themaid services to fly in to Malaysia will be borne by the employer. However, there have been cases where the potential helper disappearing after receiving money to travel from their village to the city and also after getting the plane ticket.

3. Lack of training

Without an agency as a middle person, all training of the helper will fall on the employer. This does not just include training on the work but also the introduction to a difficult culture, especially for a new worker.

Who can be a foreign domestic helper through direct hiring?

The potential employee must come from one of these nine approved countries• Indonesia
• Thailand
• Cambodia
• The Philippines
• Sri Lanka
• India
• Vietnam
• Laos
• Nepal
The potential employee must fulfil the following criteria
Must be a female 21 years old and above, and not older than 45 years old.
Free from the list of suspects and the blacklist of the Department.
Confirmed fit and healthy by an appointed medical centre.
Does not have an active Temporary Work Permit (PLKS) with other employers.

The potential helper who fails the medical examination will not be permitted to work, and the employer will need to arrange for her immediate repatriation.

Who can be an employer through direct hiring?

StatusCitizen or Permanent Resident of Malaysia
Approved reasons for hiringChild(ren) under 15 years of ageApplicable for married couple and single parent.
Disabled child(ren) of any ageApplicable for married couple and single parent.
Parents who are sick/ill.Applicable for married couple, single parent and single individual.
Employer/Spouse of employer who are sick/illApplicable for married couple.
Immediate family who are sick/ill (i.e.Applicable for married couple, single parent and single individual.
Income eligibility according to source countriesIndonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, VietnamRM3,000.00/month
Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, NepalRM5,000.00/month

For expatriates in Malaysia who wish to hire a foreign domestic maid, they will need to go through an agent.

Who can’t be an employer?

Not everyone can hire a foreign domestic worker, either through the online maid system or even an agent. If you fulfil any of these three criteria below, you will not be eligible to hire a foreign maid:

  • Bankrupts
  • Blacklisted by the Labour Department
  • Have unresolved cases with the Immigration Department of Malaysia

Getting a domestic helper sometimes depends on your preference. The key to having a domestic maid is getting your money’s worth along with the peace of mind that comes with it. Once you have weighed the pros and cons, perhaps spending the extra RM7,760 in a year is still worth the money.