File photo of Indonesian Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (TKI).

File photo of Indonesian Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (TKI). Indonesia to 1,000 workers to Malaysia next in September to work in construction, plantations, and manufacturing.

The North Sumatra administration said Monday it would send 1,000 workers to Malaysia next month to work in the formal sector, such as in construction, on plantations, and for a glove producer.

Head of the North Sumatra office of the Placement and Protection of Indonesia Migrant Workers Agency (BP3TKI), Sumadi, said Malaysia had requested more than 1,000 Indonesian workers to fill job vacancies in September.

However, he said, it would be impossible to meet the demand because of the Idul Fitri holidays as people did not want to celebrate the festivities away from their families.

This month, 850 workers were sent to Malaysia, he added, none of which were maids, as the Indonesian government have a temporary moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia due to rampant abuse of Indonesian maids by their employers. –The Jakarta Post