Runaway maids have proven to be a very serious problem. Statistics show that there are about 800 maids from a neighbouring country who abscond every month in Malaysia. Many employers prefer to employ these maids because of lower wages and application costs.
Although it may initially appear to be less costly in employing these maids, it can actually turn out to be very costly if these maids were to run away after the third month or later. Employers stand to lose an average about RM5,000 – RM6,000.00 per runaway maid. Many employers have discovered much to their dismay that “cheaper” actually turns out to be more costly. Reasons for maids running away include low salary, inability to manage their work responsibilites or attitude problems.