Thursday, October 13, 2011

Indon moratorium: It's time to train our local maids

There were suggestions for Malaysia to pull out of the Sea Games in Jakarta next month. Some even urged Malaysians to stop going to the Republic for the time being. The worst idea is to hold a demo in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Jalan Tun Razak as a tit-for-tat over the 'attacks' on our mission in the Indonesian capital yesterday.

Nope! I am against any of the provocative idea. Indonesia is our neighbor, one of our best. The Sea Games has been bridging us well, and all Asean members are looking forward to the meet.

It is also not wise and proper to stop Malaysians from visiting Indonesia - and vice versa - as the people-to-people bond is too strong and unbreakable. A demo at the Indonesian Embassy will only complicate matters as both governments are committed to finding a diplomatic solution to whatever disputes between us.

DPM Muhyiddin Yassin has also advised our students and Malaysians in Indonesia not to react to the incident as the 700 hardliners who stormed our embassy were actually trying to draw attention to local problems. I believe those who took part in the demonstration do realise that our border disputes are not a burden to our bilateral relations.

However, we can't rely too much on the Indonesians. We cannot depend heavily on their workers to help develop our projects. Most of all, we cannot be seen as being so hard up for their maids.

The Indonesian authority has yet to lift the moratorium on their maids imposed in October 2009. This left many Malaysians - especially those in the urban - in a difficult situation. While Indonesia is our major source, we are trying to reduce intakes from the Philippines. You know why!

Okay. To Human Resource Minister Subramaniam, please consider this.

What is the actual number of Indonesian maids working in the country. I believe they totaled to about 800,000, both legals and illegals. The 6P program has yet to show encouraging results and it looks like more problems would surface.

These maids remitted about RM1.2 billion to their country every year. Plus the rest of the 3 million Indonesians in Malaysia, the outflow of our ringgit is estimated at RM5 billion per annum. What a margin!

Are we being too dependent on the Indonesian maids? Why? Is there an alternative to the problem besides turning to other countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines?

Why can't we train our local maids? Set up a special institute for them and make the profession as a semi-professional job. Instead of paying foreign maids between RM800-RM1,000 per month, may as well we give it to our own people.

We can always redefine and 're-design' the profession. I guess the hospitality courses offered by some learning centers can always include this aspect of services to those interested. The government can regulate it. Nurses and housekeeping are two professions 'at par' with maids, provided that we don't use the term' amah' or 'pembantu rumah' anymore. Think of a better designation.

Sounds impossible? If a local maid is paid about RM800-RM1,000 monthly - and fully-covered by EPF, Socso and other benefits - I think the profession will be attractive enough.

Think about it, sir!

11 comments:

senior citizen said...

jai,

its a good idea. given a full consideration and thorough study, it can be implemented.

however, the govt, especially the high ranking officials will not like it.

why?

if your idea is through, they wont be able to make big bucks anymore from this human trading.

check out the home ministry and human resource records, god damn it!

they wont allow such a good idea to stop their greed for quick money?!

fishmonger said...

yup. set up an academy to specially train local girls as our maids. designate them as semi-pro workers and provide them with all the remunerations. we can regulate it if we have a strong will.

lets listen to subra.

penulis skrip said...

saya setuju.

mungkin di peringkat awal, ramai anak gadis kita akan malu untuk jadi pembantu rumah.

tetapi jika kerajaan mengkategorikan pekerjaan mereka sebagai satu bidang ikhtisas dan diberikan pengkhususan, saya yakin ia akan dapat sambutan.

daripada kita buang berbilion ringgit setiap tahun kepada warga asing ini, lebih baik kita berikan kepada rakyat sendiri.

Anonymous said...

hehehehehe.... u always come with ideas, bro.

the prob is, they wont listen to u or us. u should know how much money this maid business generates our ministers and their officers!

black rose said...

dulu, rakyat kita malu jadi jururawat.

lepas tu, ramai pulak yang pikir banyak kali nak ambil kursus hospitaliti, misalnya pekerja hotel dan restoran.

tapi lepas kerajaan perkenalkan kursus peringkat sijil dan diploma, ramai pulak berebut-rebut.

apa salahnya kita latih pembantu rumah ni, cari nama pekerjaan yang sesuai, misalnya pengurus rumahtangga atau sebagainya. jadikannya lebih menarik.

Anonymous said...

alooooo...

our local girls would prefer to work in factories rather than working in a house, as a maid.

forget about it.

ma wong said...

a special academy for house maids.

sounds logic but the govt will not allow it. u know why lor!

Anonymous said...

i think subra himself employs indian maids. that's why he never thot of introducing a special course for local maids. he just coulndt be bothered!

sahak kuda said...

bang, lelaki boleh jadi maid tak?

takkan tak boleh? dah ramai pompuan jadi pemandu teksi, pemandu bas dan sebagainya....

Anonymous said...

budak melayu mana mau jadi maid kawan..

Anonymous said...

RM800 - RM1000 lepas tu kerja dari bangun tidur sampai tidur malam. Anak dara siapa kat Malaysia ni yang sanggup? Sekurang-kurangnya gaji mesti RM1500 ke atas dan di bayar OT 2 kali ganda untuk kerja malam, baru boleh menarik orang tempatan. Itu pun belum tentu lagi sebab mereka lebih selesa kerja kilang dan boleh dapat lebih tinggi dari itu lagi jika di ikutkan aras gaji sekarang.