The directive is apparently not "new" and has been in place since ever. In a report by The Star
, a maid agency owner in Selangor had applied for non-Muslim maids for Muslims who wanted them through the Foreign Workers Centralised Managament System online but the application was rejected. When the maid agency called the FWCMS for clarification, she was told to go to the counter to submit the application. At the counter, the officers said that the policy was a directive from the director-general and if she tried to apply for a non-Muslim maid for Muslims again it would be rejected again.
Malaysian Maid Employers Association (MAMA) president Engku Ahmad Fauzi comments on the situation saying, "Religion should not be an obstacle.
When you work in an office, you don't base it on religion and likewise, this should not be the case for the maid in the home."
The Immigration Department has not commented. In the light of movies being banned from receiving awards recently for not espousing the mighty language of our Motherland, we're not sure how this issue will shake out. Perhaps there will be a new form, something to the effect of "Borang Permohonan Pembantu Rumah Muslim Untuk Majikan Muslim Sahaja"
. The application can be done on a separate webpage online in a separate building. Then the department can get a witness to screen both parties to authenticate their religion before they get to the next round. Then they have to vote and see who gets voted off the island or receive a time penalty. In the end all the bachelors meet for a finale and the bachelorette hands out her rose. We're only exaggerating for effect of course, let's hope it doesn't come to this.