Lombok Tengah, NTB (ANTARA) - The Manpower Ministry stated that the temporary stop to sending prospective Indonesian migrant workers (CPMI) to Malaysia was intended to protect them.

"We have temporarily stopped sending CPMI to Malaysia," Head of the Center for Development of Manpower Policy at the Ministry of Manpower, Muhyiddin, stated after a coordination meeting with the Praya Work Training Center (BLK) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Tuesday.

Muhyiddin noted that the ministry will not permanently halt the placement. However, the ministry was still awaiting an improvement in the CPMI deployment system to provide safety guarantees to Indonesian citizens looking to work abroad.

"This government policy is part of the protection for CPMI," Muhyiddin stated.

Earlier, the Manpower and Transmigration Service of Central Lombok District, NTB, stated that Malaysia was still a preferred country by CPMI to work abroad.

"The CPMI registration in Central Lombok currently reaches 200 people per day," Head of the Manpower Placement Division at the Central Lombok Manpower and Transmigration Service Syamsul Rijal noted.

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Earlier, Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, stated that Indonesia had temporarily suspended the placement of CPMI in the domestic sector to Malaysia, as the country did not follow the agreement in the MoU to implement a one-channel system on April 1, 2022.

The two countries had signed an MoU on the PMI Placement and Protection in Domestic Sector in Malaysia on April 1, 2022, which stated that placement through a one-channel system was the only way to place domestic sector PMIs in Malaysia.

However, the Indonesian representative in Malaysia found evidence that Malaysia was still implementing another system disparate from the one-channel system that had been agreed on, namely, the online maid system (SMO) managed by the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs through the Malaysian Immigration Department.

"This is certainly not in accordance with the agreement and commitment of the two countries because the placement should use a 'one channel system,'" she emphasized.

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