Wednesday June 17, 2009
Compulsory day off for maids
By ZALINAH NOORDIN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has agreed to make it compulsory for employers to give a day off a week for their maids.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said: “The ministry will make it mandatory for all domestic helpers to sign the contract of employment containing provisions like salary, the name of employers, their workplaces and the compulsory one day off a week.”
(Source: The Star)
Yes you heard it right! Finally, our caring government has decided to make it compulsory for employers to give a day off a week for their maids. Something to rejoice? Perhaps not.
What it’s like working as a maid in Malaysia? Generally, maids in Malaysia needs to work 7 days a week, hardly get any day off, low pay (actually I think the agencies ripped both the empoyers and the maids off and make the most money out of this) Worst if they work with fussy employers and need to perform all sort of task from cleaning the house, taking care of the kids, sending and picking them from school, cooking food, washing cars, doing laundry, watering gardens, cleaning shits, walking the dog, taking care of the geriatrics you-name-the-work etc.
Maids working in Malaysia = Superwomen or Wonderwomen. These foreign maids choose to work her despite the low salary because it’s nearer to their hometown, common and very much similar environment – weather, food, language etc..
I once saw a maid with a family in a shopping mall, buying groceries. The poor maid was carrying the daughter on one hand, and pushing a trolly packed to the brim using another hand. A boy was tugging closely to her, must be the couple’s son. The couple walked in front carrying nothing, lenggang-lenggang kangkung. (strolling freely with willy hanging out ok-i-don’t-know-why-i-type-this-haha)
Another time, I was eating at this one food court, I saw this one family eating and the maid was sitting on another table, eating alone. No, the family’s table was not fully seated. WTF? She looked so lonely and sad sitting alone, chewing her food.
So, it’s not surprising and downright shocking for me to read about the employers prostesting against this move. It is one thing to read about how inconsiderate for these people to think ‘a day off in a week’ is something ‘lavish’ or should not be granted to their workers and it is another to read the excuses given by them. I was dumbfounded and I must say it is kinda disgusting to read the excuses/reasons given by some of these retarded sadists, for I can’t imagine such inconsiderate nincompoop-moron-dungu-idiots living among us.
She is apprehensive that the day off would be used by the maid to get involved in “unhealthy activities.
Oh? They get a day off and they would use this ‘great chance’ to do nothing but to get involved in ‘unhealthy activities’? This is the lamest excuse I ever heard. After working their asses off like donkeys (sorry donkey) for 6 days straight, they sure can’t wait to get involved in ‘unhealthy activities’ heh! So, if they don’t work as maid, then they must be plotting something evil like robbing banks, rempit-ing or killing orphans then?
“I don’t mean to discriminate but from past stories, we’ve all heard about how maids have gone missing after a week of working.”
We’ve all heard also how employers treat some maids inhumanely, worst than treating a dog prior to them gone missing, after a week of working. If anything, most of the maids ‘run away’ because of better offers from other places. (forget that part about them getting cheated, for a while) These employers must be scared of their maids getting or hearing some good ‘lubang‘ (opportunities) from other maids.
“Imagine if all the 300,000 foreign maids are given the same day off, then places like shopping malls will be teeming with these people!”
Damn! No wonder the shopping malls are full during the weekend! It is because most Malaysians work only 5 days a week and would be free during the weekend! Malaysia is so small, now with so many people not working during the weekend, especially when 300,000 foreign maids getting a day off, everywhere must be packed with people! How scary! Waaaaaaaaa! And, listen to the tone this idiot used to describe the foreign maids – ‘these people!’
Malaysians are hypocrites a lot. Not only the politicians. They want the best for themselves like working only 5 days a week, shorter working hours, minimum wage. high paying jobs, handsome perks and all the good shits, but when the foreign workers ask something as reasonable as ‘a day off’ in a week, they would say it’s unfair, not a wise move or downright no and offer some stupid justifications.
Hypocrites. I hate hypocrites. *crush them like cockraches* *stamp stamp*
ps: Ranting post on Friday night. That’s new.
pss: I wanted to write something along the line ‘Umno is in a hurry to sodomise Pas and Muhyiddin is a snake’ but I guess that needs to wait.