One of hot news and views in the mass media in Malaysia recently is about Indonesian maids. An online alternative media, MalaysiaKini (can be seacrhed also at: www.malaysiakini.com.my), has been stressing this issue.
Following is news about Indonesian maids in Malaysia and views, as expressed by comments, according to www.malaysiakini.com.my [accessed in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia: 18 March 2012].
Indonesian Maids: New Conditions “Not Reasonable” [7:18PM Mar 17, 2012]
Najib Razak today expressed surprise over the Indonesian government’s move to impose new conditions for sending maids to Malaysia, which among others require the maids to do only one task for a minimum salary of RM700 a month.
Following is comments about news above:
Malaysiasakit: “Indonesia should imposed a permanent ban on sending maids to Malaysia. Time and again, Malaysians have not shown their maturity when dealing with maids. I see a lot of maids working at their employers foodstalls and I am certain they work at the bosses’ home as well. I have seen a HR manager taking her maid to office to do office cleaning. I am pretty sure that the company paid the HR manager for the service. PM Najib, take a walk around and you’ll know that the new conditions ARE more than reasonable” [3 hours ago].
Anonymous_3f7d: “Our unemployed should honestly start considering taking up jobs which are compatible to the level of skills they have. It’s baffling why most workers cleaning the toilets and manning the sales outlets are foreigners when richer and more progressive countries like Australia have their young people working part time at their airports. A good example is the Melbourne Airport. Is something wrong with our young people’s attitude towards work? We don’t really need any Indonesian workers if we can get our attitude right!” [6 hours ago].
Zafarul Hassan: “Majority of Indonesian maids are grossly exploited when working here. Getting up at 6am+, do housework, then brought to the business premises to work from 8am+ to 6pm+ then back again to do housework until 12 midnight. I have interviewed a number of Indonesian maids still working here, none want to continue working here! Maids made to work at employers’ business outlets, illegal but are very rampant. Regulations but no enforcement!!!” [7 hours ago].
Retnam: “Learn how to live without maids. The westerners do it. It can be done” [7 hours ago].
SAVE OUR CHILDREN: “Actually the persons representing Malaysia in this matter are idiots. Firstly can employers charge for accommodation food, utilities etc? The Indonesian govt treats its own people like shit, nearly wiped out the East Timorese. Go to Jakarta and see the biggest collections of prostitutes, beggers and people with no food to eat and they have the audacity to abuse employers with this crazy demands. Who in the world will give you accommodation, food and take care of u, even pay your medical bills, give you gifts on festive ocassions and pay you a nett salary. Not everyone abuses maids and a lot of good people are being made to suffer” [8 hours ago].
Ben-ghazi: “When determining the actual wage, one should factor in the pay in kind, i.e. value of accommodation and value of food provided by employer. Depending on the quality of both, the value in kind could easily range from RM500 to RM1000 per month. So add this to RM700 wanted by them, the maids are actually getting from RM1200 to RM1700. All this while, the value in kind is ignored. Do factory owners provide food and accommodation to their workers? No” [8 hours ago].
nikE: “Quibbling, over the domestic help’s pay means u cant afford it. The cost of living vis-avis the typical income of the maid employing class is such u cant’ afford to pay for what u think is a necessity. This shows the buying power of your take-home pay” [9 hours ago].
Kelucahan Malaysia Kini: “PM Najib should consider the maid agency to Sharizat. Sharizat and her family members will certainly do a good job but the only problem may be Sharizat may start recruiting cows from Indonesia instead of maids.Perhaps the govt should consider given her another RM250 million interest free loan” [10 hours ago].
Kazakh: “We don’t need the IndoMee maids …. They can keep their maids at home. There are other countries in Asian countries that can supply the maids why this STUPID UMNO BN GOmen still fucking think only indomee will DO !!!! …. Why NON MUSLIM Family must do with only INDOMEE …. there are other suppliers like Sri Lanka, Cambodia Vietnam, Myanmar, and China … If Dr.NYY wants to complaint … F Her lah … she think all chinese man is so hard up on china doll … Maybe she and some old HENs has some bad EXP. with her mate … but don’t take in on others lah … I THINK THERE ARE SO MUCH CORRUPTION IN THIS MAID MATTER THAT ALL THE FUCKERS INVOLVE IN THIS ISSUE ARE JUST PLAIN SLAVE TRADERS …” [10 hours ago].
Anonymous_251d: “Najib, with the country’s economy stagnant now, why not send Malaysian women over as maids” [11 hours ago].
HYL: “Indonesia is thriving with its reviving booming economy, and they have more leverage to bargain with this dUMbNO BN government” [11 hours ago].
20121221Disaster: “The clown ability of the UMNO so-called ministers! Just like the clown who is in charge of the dog licensing of Ipoh municipal!” [11 hours ago].
Curious Observer: “The fact is most Malaysians should not be able to afford a maid, except for the fact that the maids are being seriously underpaid for doing such menial jobs. If one looks at the Western countries, most of them cannot even afford to have maids, as it is damn expensive to do so! And they wouldn’t even want to, for the fact remains that bringing a maid to one’s household is akin to bringing a stranger to live with your family. The ones who can afford maids should by right be those earning fat incomes and living in big houses” [11 hours ago].
Anonymous: “Why do we still not get the message after so long? The Indons are not interested to work here as maids anymore. The Indonesian economy is picking up very fine, and there are many opportunities in their country now. Similar to when we do shopping, we like a certain thing but couldn’t afford it, what do we do? Argue with the shopkeeper that he should sell it at a price we can afford? We just have to learn to carry on without maids” [11 hours ago].
Righteous: “Najib, nothing concrete comes out of this, so does most, if not all you have said and done.Rosmah should be able to help the poor mums who have to look after their young. Wasalaam” [11 hours ago].
Finally, how do Indonesians response about this issue? We don’t know and probably not to care due to we all are really true labeled as bangsa kuli or coolie nation. [MAS]