We should respect Indonesia's decision to ban prospective maids from going to Malaysia. Kuwait and Jordan are also on the list. Whether the decision has anything to do with the soured diplomatic relations between us and them, we should not be alarmed.
We got options, good ones. We have the Filipinos, Indians, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and others who are also hard working. The Filipinos and Sri Lankans have what most Indon maids dont - loyal and obedient (here).
So, there is no need to be so hard up for the Indonesians. Better if we stop employing them as they also contribute to social problems in the country.
The Indonesian government was so uptight with some abuse cases involving their nationals in Malaysia. We got about 280,000 Indon maids working here... and how many of them were abused? 50,000? 100,000 maybe?
They are human and they serve human. Some human are good while the rest are evil. Some maids are evil too. Did the Indonesian government know how many of their maids working in Malaysia fled with their boyfriends and friends, most of whom are Indonesians as well? They couldnt care less if they run away without their pasports as the Malaysian government would give amnesty mostly every year for those who want to return home.
Does the Indonesian authority know how many of these maids are involved in vice activity as well? Furthermore, are they aware that there are cases involving Indonesian maids abusing babies, children and people in their care? And how many of them were caught stealing from the house they serve?
There are also cases where some maids who left their hubbies and children in Indonesia, cheated their countrymen (and some stupid Malaysian males too) into marriage on the pretext that they are divorcees. Disgusting, isnt it?
Going by ratio, the abuse cases are so small compared with the 'unpleasant' cases they indulged in. The Malaysian authority is always quick in taking action against employers who abuse their maid. There are thousands good employers who treat them as family members, provide them with good lodging, food and others.
In fact, Jakarta should also show appreciation to some good employers who arranged their maid to get the PR status (those who have served them long enough). Some of them are no longer treated as maids but as business partners. And why didnt Jakarta say something soothing about such a golden treatment?
A few cannot speak for many. There could be one or two bad employers in 1,000. If Jakarta is fond of politicising this few cases, they should also know how to appreciate the good ones. When Bendera staged demonstrations at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta and pelted the building with dongs, did we call them evil? Nope!
So, suit yourself if you dont want your maids to work in Malaysia. You may also call home those who are already here. We will not complaint. Its your call, anyway! Sometimes it doesnt pay to be nice and helpful, right?
To the Indon minister, are you aware that most of your maids who have completed their service here refused to go back to Indonesia or to be sent home? You better ask them why!
I think it is time for our government to review the whole policy of employing Indonesian maids. They are not our only source. Rather than employing them, we better set up a special college to train our dropouts in housekeeping. At least, they deserve better wages!