Domestic workers

Domestic worker abuse went home to roost

YOUR SAYS | “I am happy that Indonesia and Bangladesh are teaching us to take care of our own citizens.”

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Dr. Raman Letchumanan: “And the Malaysia-Indonesia MoU is by far the most progressive document on domestic workers’ rights that we have successfully undertaken with any other country,” Indonesia’s Ambassador to Malaysia said. , Hermano.

Of course, Malaysian ministers and decision makers are easy to intimidate or “kowtim”. They will give in to all demands because, without the contribution of foreign labour, they cannot earn their living.

I’m glad Hermono is candid and reveals all the details of the MOU. In Malaysia, it’s top secret. Similarly, Bangladesh disclosed details, demanded transparency and sought to avoid clientelism. But Malaysia reacted by not talking to them.

Malaysian policy makers are notorious for living off the misery of foreign workers. Just look at the ongoing trial of a senior Umno leader and a former minister.

Look at the harassment of foreign workers by law enforcement and the way they are detained and abused. Watch how the current minister in charge plays tai chi with our part of the OCS (One Channel System).

I am happy that Indonesia and Bangladesh are teaching us how to take care of their own citizens.

We have the slogan Keluarga Malaysia. It is all a “protection racket” to defraud the rakyat under the threat of race, religion and country. If any Malaysians talk like the Indonesian ambassador, law enforcement will definitely visit them.

WhiteLlama4337: Hermono is right to protect his citizens and we need our elected officials to do the same for us.

We need more discussion about child care and care policies for the elderly and disabled in this country.

Let us not continue to want domestic workers to work for a pittance and in slave-like conditions in Malaysia. People are not commodities.

Speak of spirit: To finish! Modern slavery must end. Domestic workers are human beings too and must be guaranteed basic rights as workers with defined holidays and working hours and a suitable place to sleep and not on the floor in the kitchen.

For too long, too much abuse has taken place in Malaysia.

PurplePanda6106: The best option for Indonesia is still available – sending their domestic helpers to developed countries in Europe or the United States where labor laws are well enforced.

I have never supported foreign workers working in Malaysia because I believe unemployment still exists in Malaysia. The Malaysian government has not done enough to locate, identify and train its unemployed citizens.

In our rural and urban areas, we have unemployed and underemployed young people. Additionally, older Malaysians and healthy retirees are also available to continue working.

Employers in Malaysia have taken the easy way out by bringing in cheap workers from foreign countries. Such a practice results in huge losses to our nation in the form of money outflows amounting to billions per year in the form of remittances by foreign workers to their home countries.

HangTuahPJ: Hermono, just make sure the maids who come are employable. We employers have also been abused by your staff. I know maids who sleep with the man in the house and disrupt family life so they can live here permanently.

And many run away not because of abuse, but because their agents tell them so they can collect another RM15,000 from another gullible employer. It happened to my neighbor. Please guarantee a refund if the housekeeper runs away within a stipulated time.

I believe there are more who treat their maids like family, which includes me. My maid is just an extra help. We also join in and do some household chores and on weekends she doesn’t need to cook – we eat out and she has her days off.

She eats with us at the dining table, the same food we eat. We buy her clothes and toiletries and she spends her holidays with us. My neighbors do the same. Just because a few villains made headlines, please don’t accuse the majority of Malaysians of being cruel.

Guglu: On many occasions when I have been to lunch or dinner buffets in large hotels, I have seen many couples eating and their maids sitting at the same table not eating but busy tending to the children.

Why do they bring their maids when they go out for good meals but don’t invite them to eat? Why can’t they leave their maids at home and take care of their children themselves when they go out? It’s inhumane.

Sometimes I wanted to invite the maids to have dinner with me but I was afraid to create a scene. Well done, Indonesia. If you don’t protect your own citizens, no one else will.

GrayPanda9123: Are the maids reserved for the very rich? I earn RM5000 and am a single mum in dire need of a housekeeper to manage my family.

I don’t mind paying RM1500, but depriving me of hiring a maid because my salary is only RM5000 (which is considered a good salary) is very unfair. Is this what our minister has been negotiating for all these years?

Maya: Ambassador, with all due respect, your words are clear. It is indeed good to hear that Indonesia has progressed and is now a powerhouse and a better economic performer, compared to Malaysia.

It is quite true that the good old days of cheap labor in your country are no longer tenable. You have also prevented your domestic workers from traveling to Middle Eastern countries due to mistreatment.

Just a word of advice, sir, make sure your citizens don’t try to enter illegally.

JJ: Well, the way the economy and the amount of corruption and plunder of the country’s wealth, soon Malaysians will have to be sent to Indonesia to work as domestic helpers.

Vijay47: All the while, we Malaysians dominated the Indonesians, treating and mistreating them like country cousins. We the masters, they the serfs who should be eternally grateful for everything we throw at them.

Now look where they are, and worse, look where we are! As we say in Bahasa Indonesia – padan muka! Or as we say in Bahasa Malaysia – serves us well!


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