Date
18 December 2017
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong visits a training center for Cambodians coming to work in Hong Kong as domestic helpers. Photo: GIS
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong visits a training center for Cambodians coming to work in Hong Kong as domestic helpers. Photo: GIS

First batch of Cambodian domestic helpers to arrive in October

The first batch of about 300 domestic helpers from Cambodia will arrive in Hong Kong in October, one month behind schedule.

The number is down from 1,000 initially expected from the Southeast Asian country, according to reports.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said he is looking forward to increased cooperation with the Cambodian consulate in Hong Kong.

He thanked the Labour Department for adding the Khmer language to its dedicated website for domestic workers to help the Cambodians with some useful information.

The delay was due to an election in June. The Cambodians have to undergo a three-month training course in basic Cantonese and Chinese cooking.

Law said some Cambodian dishes he tasted during a recent visit to the country are similar to Chinese cuisine.

The arrivals follow the signing of an agreement in April between the minister of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia and the Cambodian Human Resource Development Association of Hong Kong.

The first batch will be followed by up to 10,000 Cambodian domestic workers a year, Apple Daily reports.

The Cambodians are expected to benefit from the reported opening of China’s biggest cities to Filipino domestic helpers.

With a reported salary of HK$15,000 a month, Filipino domestic workers are expected to flock to the mainland, potentially creating a vacuum in Hong Kong.

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