Monday, December 21, 2009

Arab Paper: Indonesia Claims Growing Maids Mistreatment in Malaysia

The below news mentions that In June this year, Indonesia stopped sending its workers — mainly maids and farm workers — to Malaysia because of the growing number of complaints of mistreatment at the hands of Malaysian employers

I think our embassy in Riyadh or Wisma Putera should do something about this, esp with the right statistics on the number of Indonesia maids working and the number of mistreatment reported or charged to the court so far.

We have millions of Indonesians working both legally and illegally on our shores. A lot of Malaysians are also Indonesia descendants, including our current prime minister whose proud to claim himself a Bugis descendant of Sulawesi.

There are bad employers, who are very bad with inhumane torture cases and some unscrupulous employers as well as enforcement officers who take advantage of the Indonesian migrants.

There are bad Indonesian migrants who are die-hard criminals, robbers, rapists, murderers etc who are problems to our security and environment. They are common features in our crime scenes almost everyday.
I believe the problem escalated with weak enforcement and CORRUPTIONS from the highest level of authorities to police or RELA men prowling for some pocket money.

Indonesia promotes skilled, semi-skilled work force
Arab News

JEDDAH: In a bid to change the general perception that its work force consists only of maids, drivers and other unskilled labor, the Indonesian government has launched a campaign to promote its skilled and semi-skilled work force.

Officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Labor are currently touring the Middle East with this mission. One such delegation concluded its visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The six-member team, consisting of manpower experts, consultants and government officials, arrived here after visiting Turkey and Sudan.

On Saturday, the team visited the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and held discussions with Mustafa Sabri, the JCCI secretary-general, and owners of recruitment offices.

Djoko A. Rahardjo, consul at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, said Jakarta has identified nine sectors in which skilled and semi-skilled labor could be sent to Saudi Arabia. These sectors are construction, hospitality, oil and gas, transportation, medical, maritime, manufacture, agriculture and IT.

“Businessmen and private companies in the Gulf think that they can get only house servants from Indonesia but this is not true. We have a lot of skilled workers in different sectors,” said Ramli Saud, a delegation member who is vice president of the Indonesian Labor Authority for Foreign Affairs.

“We are ready to provide our services to the private sector in the Kingdom to export specialized labor in various sectors. The Ministry of Labor in Indonesia is ready to sign a unified contract for this purpose in line with the regulations of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry,” he said.

Saud said the economic relations between the two countries had made great strides as a result of the joint-commission meetings. The last meeting was held in Riyadh on Aug. 30-31, which called for increasing trade and investment exchange and making use of the expertise of both countries. Rahardjo, who accompanied the delegation to the JCCI, said officials spoke about Indonesians’ communication skills, especially English and Arabic. According to him, English was not a problem as Indonesians learn the language during their studies and that there are institutions that give special language training to improve communication skills. A good number of them learn Arabic as well.

In June this year, Indonesia stopped sending its workers — mainly maids and farm workers — to Malaysia because of the growing number of complaints of mistreatment at the hands of Malaysian employers. “We have no such plan for Saudi Arabia. But we definitely want to reduce the number of maids from our country and replace them with skilled and semi-skilled labor,” said Rahardjo.

According to him, there are one million Indonesians in the Kingdom but 90 percent of them are unskilled. “It gives the impression that we don’t produce professionals or qualified personnel which is untrue. Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and even the United States host good number of skilled workers from Indonesia,” he said.

Saudi Arabia has requested Indonesia to thoroughly brief their people on the Saudi culture and regulations before leaving for the Kingdom. Responding to this, said Rahardjo, Jakarta has tightened rules for labor export.

— With input from

Shaheen Nazar & Galal Fakkar

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