Indonesian domestic workers gather in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Photo: Asia Times

Around 5,000 new domestic workers from Indonesia have arrived in Hong Kong over the past five months, the Indonesian counsel general Tri Tharyat has revealed.

An average of 1,000 domestic workers had traveled from Indonesia to Hong Kong every month since July, Tri Tharyat said at the inauguration of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oriental Daily reported.

He said the increase in domestic workers was not related to the Philippine government’s move to suspend the processing of overseas employment certificates for Filipino workers, which he did not want to comment on.

Besides domestic workers, Tri Tharyat hoped the Hong Kong government would open up the market for a greater variety of foreign workers, adding that he would discuss the issue with the Labour Department.

There were 154,000 domestic workers from Indonesia in Hong Kong in 2016, making the country the second largest supplier of foreign maids, a research paper from the Legislative Council showed.

More than 350 businessmen from Indonesia and Hong Kong, as well as government officials and business groups attended the ceremony to mark the setting up of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (Inacham) in Hong Kong on Thursday, Sing Tao Daily reported.