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Maids getting a day off a week, employers not happy wheeeeeee!!


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.

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28 Responses to “Maids getting a day off a week, employers not happy wheeeeeee!!”

  1. jeff lee wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

    i hate cockcroaches too…i use a whole can of shelltox on them..

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  2. Bengbeng wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    a day a week is not too much to ask actually. wat some employers worry about is excessive freedom for the maids who use this day to make connections and then disappear and the poor employer is held responsible for their disappearances. it is all a matter of trust

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  3. bongkersz wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 11:38 am

    i don’t think one day off a week is excessive freedom 😀

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  4. Fi-sha wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Dear Bong
    Sometimes i think some parents with maids at home are just ‘kilang buat anak’ – all the taking cares are taken care by the maids.

    Some even rejoice to spend more times at work because they cant stand taking care of their children.

    Some bring along their maids for holiday with them so they walk, hand in hand like lovers, forgetting about the troubles the maids have to endure with their kids.

    Some kids ‘raised’ by these maids are ‘little napoleon’ thanks to their inconsiderate mommies and daddies.

    For a meagre pay for working all week long, now the employers wanted to be the moral police? Wow weee indeed Bong, these people must be crazy, they would rather busybody about their maids instead of their children.

    What if we say parents cannot allow their kids to go out during weekend to meet friends because we think they will get involve with ‘unhealthy activities’? Bet my dollar they will go berserk, crying out loud that we have denied their children’s human rights. Human rights my foot!

    Ops, sorry Bong..

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  5. kaioucat wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I totally agree with you here. A lot of people forget that maids are humans as well. Working 7 days a week in one’s own country is already extremely difficult, let alone in a totally foreign country (and one where you are looked down on due to your nationality)! And the nature of the job of a maid is one of the most psychologically stressful one, I imagine. What with working alone all day in the same house everyday, no social life, no hobby, no contact with family and friends. How can any human being survive under such conditions? Some employers think they can do whatever they want to them just because they have money. Like you said, that is not the worst part about them. Seeing them trying to justify their ill treatment to the maids just degraded them to an even lower level.

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  6. pilocarpine wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    gotta have one maid urself to understand the true meaning of hypocrisy…

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    ray Reply:

    @pilocarpine, you must be one cinabeng or pasar malam aunty.. neither which are educated in general… on that note, i pity you and finally forgiveness follows. Im sure you are a direct result of your uneducated parents…

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  7. bongkersz wrote on Jun 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Oh really? 🙂

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  8. cibol wrote on Jun 21, 2009 at 7:40 am

    these farkers who own maids at home are just so fa-king c-bai, pay very little and treat people very c-bai one. if i’m a maid i sure simpan dendam also. nang babi la sidak tok.

    one day in a week, if you treat them well, they won’t run away with ur jewelery if that’s what u so takut about. so farking jew oh “these people” (employer)

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  9. Delta White wrote on Jun 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    It’s posts like this that make me appreciate blogs so much. Your feed has a new subscriber! 😉

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  10. mroys wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    my aunt hired a maid to take care of my grandma. my grandma has difficulty to walk. my aunt treated her maid so well until ‘she’ (cannot use the word ‘these people’ here; sensitive) dares to quarrel with my grandma over which astro channel to watch. ‘she’ smuggled out my aunt collection of liquors while my aunt & uncle out to workd. my uncle catched ‘her’ naked with one bangla in 1st flr room while my grandma had her afternoon nap at grd flr. she was sacked immediately. Moral of the lesson: nil.

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  11. bongkersz wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    haha! poor cockcroaches…

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  12. bongkersz wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    That’s bad. Well, I think we pay peanuts, we get monkeys.

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  13. bongkersz wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    i don’t know man, two many stories from both sides but i guess in this case i think one day leave is justified. the reasons given to deny that just absurd.

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  14. bongkersz wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not supporting those bad mads, nor I am degrading those bad employers, we bound to have these bad apples.. in every profession, right?

    Just, I really think 1 day off in a week is really not much to ask. Off doesn’t mean the maid need to go out. Off means, not doing hard work – maybe just having a fun day at home/whatever. But, it’s the reasons given which irked me.

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  15. bongkersz wrote on Jun 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I agree the part you mentioned ‘kids raised by these maids are little napoleans’. I observed some kids with maids, they are very ‘bossy’ and hard to control. Just listen to the way they talk to their maids.

    The part ‘unhealthy activities’ really mind boggling.

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  16. zewt wrote on Jun 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    all those issues aside, i have one very strong point against maids getting 1 day off.

    most, if not all robberies are collaboration between the maid and the crooks. these crooks manage to get a connection to the maid either via the postman or the gardener or the electrician, etc etc.

    with this day off, the maid can now officially go out and plan the strategy with the crooks on how to rob their employer’s house.

    have you consider this point?

    just to make sure i have a solution and not just complain… maids should be given a day off, but no… they should not be allowed to leave the premise. they can stay in the house and watch tv.

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    ray Reply:

    @zewt, another uneducated and irrasional moron which gives the rest of us malaysians a bad name. If u were to generalize in that fashion, u would be guilty of a great many things of which u r not guilty… but who cares? Everyone else thinks you are…. justifiable? But of course! According to your simpleton theory… right???????

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  17. bongkersz wrote on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That’s not a valid point, unless you can give substantial proofs/evidences there IS a connection between robbery and maid, especially the crooks and maid connection. Say, some statistics? Past cases?

    The problem with your point is, you are stereotyping the maids, no? 🙂 Most maids are ‘bad’ and when they are given liberty, they will do something bad. I do not agree.

    I agree with your solution but it’s the maid’s decision whether to stay home to watch tv or go out. It’s a free country, she can go anywhere and mix with anyone she wants. She’s an employee, not a prisoner.

    Actually, the maid doesn’t need to take a day off to ‘plan’ for anything. Sitting at home, with just her alone most of the time, she can ‘plan’ anything from home. Making calls, etc.

    I’ve considered all points and I don’t see the justifications for denying the one day off a week and the reasons/excuses given still skewed, with the assumption maids are bad people.

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  18. ErnieJean wrote on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Wah A-Bong…….you sure can hantam!!! Poor Employers……..

    As someone who has employed 3 maids the last 9 years, not all employers are scoundrels lah…..just as there are bad employers, there are also bad parents, bad husbands/wives, bad boyfriend/girlfriend, bad children, etc…….

    By all means, implement whatever is necessary to safeguard the welfare of the foreign workers…..but don’t forget to balance that with adequate protection for the employers from being victimised, especially by the unscrupulous maid agents.

    It’s also truly sad that the welfare of our locals, some who are in worst situation, have been cast aside.

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  19. Vijay Kumar Murugavell wrote on Jun 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Until the day we invent cybernetic maids like in those science fiction movies, human ones need to have a break.
    Hey, even machines need to be shutdown for maintenance to avoid possible breakdowns.

    I understand that Filipino maids are usually given the Sunday off, to go to church, then go out catch up with some R&R.

    In the late ’80’s I saw many funny antics of randy malaysian males, who try to hit on them with lame pick up lines, sometimes they make me ashamed to be part of the malaysian male fraternity, see a pair of skirt and they become total morons…. eh ok that’s another story so I won’t sidetrack.

    So why the double standards toward Indonesian maids?

    I heard of one twit, who drives a high end german automobile, who will blare on his horn until his maid comes running out to open the gate- so one day his irate neighbour(whose children were often disturbed by the honking) one day told him “why dont you install automatic gate ?” The idiot replied ” no need what, why waste money, I got maid must give her work”. Malaysians dont understand irony or sarcasm, but that is also another story. (winking at Bong)

    Hokay, those flers who give the excuse ”

    “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!”

    Stupid or what these people ? Of course all maids dont get the same off day and if they were in the malls on their own time not carrying squealing kids and 17 shopping bags, they may actually buy things, which by the way is good for our economy. No ah?

    I have worked once continuously for 3 months without an off day and I can tell you I was tired and cranky, can you imagine them on a 2 year contract working 730 days non stop ? Summore they cannot show sour face, then kena scold again.

    About those fearful of maids doing this and that, rob house la, bully chilren la, maids are human, you got the good and the bad just like malaysian citizens.

    Life entails risks- If everything kiasu then no need to do anything lock yourself in the basement from the outside world.

    Kiasu about maids stealing but BN gomen rob you blind for 50 bloody years go on reelecting them

    Also ah,those parents who are embarrassed their children talking in Indonesian slang, dont glare at the maid, your fault- you did not spend time with your children, work long hours ok lah, what to do-cari makan, but after work spend time not gallivant here and there.

    Also stop all this maid Agency scam, the levy and fee’s alone , take up nearly half of what they earn, cap the amount these bloodsuckers can charge for merely doing administrative functions.

    Ok lah I stop here , before I start calling more people stupid, then some people will say that I very lansi la, talk big la or you think you very clever issit?

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  20. madame wrote on Jun 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Finally, I agree with the govt on smthg!!! 😉 I fully endorse the govt’s move to humanise domestic help employed here in Malaysia.

    I have given my maids the week-ends off for yrs and they’ve been with me now for 9yrs….and guess what?! I still have all my jewellery and my maids r not involved in vice activities either!!!

    Perhaps, we should get some of these employers to reverse roles with their maids for just 2 weeks as an experiment? Betcha, they’ll be singing a different tune then :)))

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  21. zewt wrote on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:23 am

    of all my friends or relatives who have/had maids, only a fraction got pleasant experience. they now prefer to pay a lil more for filipinos, who does get a day off anyway.

    one very classic example. this fella has got this maid for almost 10 years. the maid became part of the family and can be trusted with the house key when the owner is away for holiday.

    on the 10th year, she said she wants to retire and return to indon. on the very last day of her work, she opened the door for the robbers and ran away with everything in the house.

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  22. d_sticks wrote on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:37 am

    i think maids shouldn’t be given a day off..in fact..they shouldn’t be given a single minute off, after all, we’re paying customers, aren’t we? we’re also malaysians, and we think we’re far superior than the people we hire to work under us…We’re the Boss…we’re King! …

    we should be given the right to torture our maids..we should be given the right to enslave our maids… (unless they’re filipina of cuz..then we’re screwed)

    but otherwise..if they’re from indonesia….we’ve got the right to do whatever we want to them…

    heck..we have the right to not only abuse maids….if we’re of certain….. family of high position in the country, we even have the right to marry them…drug them…poke needles in them…abuse them sexually..why?..cuz we’ve earned the rights? (how exactly..i haven’t a clue though)

    but yes… NO to 1 day off a week…in fact… NO to letting them sleep even!!!

    -D

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    ray Reply:

    @d_sticks, wow… if you are a female… what happened? Did ur maid sleep w ur husband? Im guessing u must b a real dog… on the other hand, if you r a male… urs rejected ur desperate advances didnt she??? Lol… u deserve to b in chains…

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  23. cruzeiro wrote on Jun 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    So, if they don’t work as maid, then they must be plotting something evil like robbing banks, rempit-ing or killing orphans then?
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    I agree with you bigtime, but …. employers too have a very valid concern here – although, it cannot be helped, if maids are to be treated like humans.

    Aiyoh Bong don’t talk about rempit-ing
    – a champion like you don’t understand, meh?
    It refers to “getting jiggy with it”,
    Sucking Face,
    Eating flesh,
    Copulation,
    F$%king,
    sex …. prostitution, runaways and what not.

    U know how randy these girls are – even if they’ve married 3 times by 25, with 4 kids.
    People are just paranoid about having pregnant maids – becos they have frustrated maids who are dying for sex, and cheat on their employers and get jiggy at the first opportunity even if they don’t have “protection”.

    The other scenario is the “part-time activity which they may indulge in – like the Filipinos who used to congregate at St. John Cathedral to be picked up. It actually brought about a Police raid on one Sunday (I think with the tacit approval of the Bishop who was sick of having the church become a pickup point).

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    ray Reply:

    @cruzeiro, haha… another one who’s husband ran off with their maid! This is too funny!!!!!!

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