Moeun Tola, executive director at labour rights group Central, said he was “ashamed” of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s comments.
“Being prime minister, he should think about creating jobs or creating opportunities within the country for his own people, not asking the foreign government to recruit labour from our country,” Tola said.
He said legal protections and monitoring mechanisms were not yet in place to protect low-skilled workers from exploitation. “So far, the Malaysian government does not have any intention to provide legal protection to the maids,” he said.
“I don’t think the Cambodian government should consider sending more people to Malaysia while all those issues are not being solved – the abuse, the exploitation, physical violence, and debt bondage,” he said.
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