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Myanmar - Fury over mistaken report

07 February 2014

Myanmar's labour ministry was said to be outraged that a newspaper in the former military-ruled state had accused the government of receiving a slice of the HKD 16,000 (USD 2,000+) fee a recruitment agency is charging domestic workers headed for Hong Kong according to the South China Morning Post.

 Law Yiu-keung, managing director of the Golden Mind Employment Agency in Hong Kong, said that his partner in Myanmar was contacted by the ministry yesterday. According to Law, the newspaper had apparently misquoted a South China Morning Post report - which actually said that a union leader suggested the Myanmar government should pay for part of the charge.

The story comes at the same time as a businessman in Hong Kong has been arrested on suspicion of offering more than HKD 100,000 (USD 12,887) to an Indonesian maid to drop her case against a Chinese University professor she accuses of abusing her. The businessman, 34, is accused of making the offer through the owner of an employment agency. He was released on bail and must report back to the police later this month. No charge has been laid.

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