Singapore 'will be hit hard' if Jakarta imposes maid ban

A potential ban on Indonesian maids working overseas will have a major impact on Singapore, which depends heavily on Indonesia for domestic help, said maid agents here.

There are 125,000 Indonesian maids in Singapore, based on Indonesian Embassy estimates, making up about half of the 218,300 domestic worker population here.

"Indonesia has been a good and reliable source country for domestic workers for so many years. The impact would be huge," said Ms Shirley Ng, owner of Orange Employment Agency.

"A potential ban is serious. If it happens, the maid industry would be affected badly," said Mr Gary Chin, owner of Nation Employment, Singapore's biggest maid agency.

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