What’s going on? I mean whatever happens to the so-called negotiated settlement about acquiring Indonesian maids between negotiators from both sides of the Selat Melaka. Our Manpower Minister seems surprised with the ridiculous announcement. So it seems. A local Malay language newspaper has called on the government to find maids elsewhere. And Malaysia can find maids in Southern Thailand, Cambodia or even Mindanao of Muslim origins. Why bother with Indonesia anymore. I wonder whether something was amissed during the negotiations and Malaysia turns out to be the “victim” of an unsettled business. Or are our team of negotiators are “hiding something” or too “dungu” not to see things right and that average Malaysians are not aware of.
An old friend, who was a student in Indonesia late 1960’s is equally surprised. He said, “When I was studying over there there I employed two maids and the salary I paid them was much less thaan a one-way ticket to Kuala Lumpur. And even then my ticket was on a 50% discounted student rate, using the student travelling scheme. ” He then asks shouldn’t the much talked cooperative efforts by Malaysia-Indonesia bilateral cooperations, like PAPTI (Persatuan Alumni Pendidikan Tinggi Indonesia) which has more than 300 members and the Malaysia-Indonesia journalists association do anything to “harmonize” a win-win settlement.
I remember DBP made a well-gestured proposal to promote Malaysian books in Indonesia in the late 1970s. We learned that the proposal was eagerly anticipated in the beginning but a fews years later problems cropped up one after another and today nobody seems to know what goes on with the arrangment. Well! Manpower Minister, this is a job for you. Don’t you ever fail us, Malaysians, who are forever maid-hungry. You are now being singled out and do not betray our trust. Even some say your NKRA is on the line.
- She’s maid for only one chore (mydestiny2011.com)
- Death for Malaysian in Indonesia Maid Murder (time.com)
- Malaysian sentenced to death over Indon maid’s murder (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Cheers and jeers for maids’ day off in Singapore (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Indonesian maid raped‚ thrown from window: report (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Maid kills Singapore widow after being called stupid (vancouversun.com)
- Asia debates more rights for domestic workers (bbc.co.uk)
- Singapore’s maids to get a day off (guardian.co.uk)
- Singapore’s domestic workers get day off, enshrined in law (smh.com.au)