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Malaysia no place for maids–Indonesia

This picture taken on November 30, 2012 women carrying their shoppings in the famous Masjid India “Mosque India” area in downtown Kuala Lumpur. AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan

KUALA LUMPUR—Indonesia on Tuesday warned its nationals not to work as maids in Malaysia after a weekend raid freed 105 women who were confined against their will and forced to work without pay.

In the latest maid abuse scandal to hit Malaysia, authorities said they had freed 95 Indonesians, six Filipinos and four Cambodians who toiled as housemaids by day but were locked inside a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur at night.

Recurring reports of abuse of Indonesian maids have soured relations between the two Southeast Asian neighbors and in 2009 prompted Jakarta to angrily cut off the supply of domestic workers to Malaysia.

The two sides announced a year ago that the ban would be lifted after reaching an accord to provide maids better protection and working conditions.

But the latest case showed Indonesians were still at risk, especially those who come to Malaysia illegally without going through proper recruitment channels, a spokesman for Jakarta’s embassy said.

“The Malaysian authorities should take tough action… It’s better for Indonesian maids not to work in Malaysia,” spokesman Suryana Sastradiredja told AFP.

“They (Malaysia) are asking for Indonesian maids but they cannot protect them well.” The women freed on Saturday—who according to Malaysian media reports had arrived illegally over the past several months—have been taken to a shelter and will eventually be sent back to Indonesia, Sastradiredja said.

Sastradiredja said that since the ban was lifted, fewer than 100 Indonesian maids had arrived through official channels, turned off by the low salaries and abuse reports.

But, citing reports from Indonesian and Malaysian activists, he said Jakarta fears thousands more may have been duped into coming illegally with promises of well-paid work since the ban was set in 2009, and were now working in vulnerable situations. AFP

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  • boypalaban

    WALA TALAGA…walang makasagot…

    o sige ipagpilitan niyo pa ang RH Condom Bill…

    tingnan niyo ang Indonesia…dami pa ring OFW na inaapi…kahit may RH…

    galing ng formula ninyo ng pagsugpo ng kahirapan…eliv ako…graveh…fafa…distribute na ng condom sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo…baka dumami pa palalamunin ng gobyerno at magkulang pa sa classroom….

    o tongressman, mayor, governor, konsehal..kagawad, kapitan…….sisihin ninyo ang mga biktima ng kalamidad…ang dami kasi nila…at yung pondo ninyo sa mga nasalanta…ibili ninyo ng bagong mansiyon at pang beerhouse ninyo…hik…lasheng na ako…hik….toma pa…wala yang bagyo na yan…hik…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila


      • boypalaban

        di mo lang masagot…masyado ka kasing nahuhumaling sa condom…

        mamigay ka na ng condom sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo…kailangnag kailangan na nila…mas gusto nila yan kesa sa gamot at pagkain at tubig…o punta ka na…

      • Guest

         boypalaban is 99% nonsense.

    • kasipo

      nonsense too

      • boypalaban

         di pa ako lasheng ….hik….

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    This is a warning to our women planning to work as maid in that country.Think twice before you go. Not even their muslim sisters are spared for in this sort of ‘white-slavery’. Kung kaya ninyo sa Pinas na lang po kayo.Konting tiis lang, you can survive.

    • Guest

      I suggest, if you ever want to go abroad, mga kapatid, then go to:

      Ireland (Catholic like PH)
      Guam (daming Pinoy doon)

      • dodong1

        kung magsalita ka akala mo ganun kadali!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E422KEFIWEQBOVJ54ALRSBJB24 JACK

    basta predominantly Muslim country…walang respeto sa mga babae, lalo pa at kasambahay…

    • Guest

      So what?

  • CyberPinoy

    Kailan kaya mangyayari na wala nang maid na pinoy ang aalis sa bansa para magpa alipin sa dayuhan. Kawawa lang kasi sila para sa maliit na sweldo napapahamak pa. Sana imbes na umalis bilang maid ay mabigyan nalang ng hanapbuhay dito sa pinas. SA normal na pagkakataon kung maid din lang dapat yung mga lalake ang nagtatrabaho doing hardwork sa abroad at hindi yung mga babae as maid, hindi naman po dahil sa gender yan pero ang mga babae kasi vulnerable sa abuse.

    opinion lang po..

  • Guest

    Sandali, tungkol sa Malaysia at Indonesia ito, tapos mga iba dito, kwento nila tungkol RH bill? Sira ulo ba?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    The Philippine authorities have no guts to do what Indonesia did … as I said in my other comments … most of our leaders are spineless … puro pakitang tao … at the first chance to do corruption, walang pinapatawad!!!

  • rjimenez1226

    President Aquino, please ban sending of maids to Malaysia! The death of another Filipina in that country we  will blame on you!

  • rjimenez1226

    Malaysia truly corrupt Asia exploiting Filipinos and Indonesians. BBC does not show this ugly side of the country because of  advertising revenue. .

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