Monday, September 07, 2009

One day off for maids from Indonesia

It is made official that the Indonesian maids are now to be given one day off and the privilege to hold on to their passports. In the newspapers yesterday there is news that they are now demanding for RM800 of salary per month. That is more than 2,000,000 Rupiah.

I just don't know how to react to this. At the moment my maid's core job scope is to take care of the kids. Her definition of doing that is just being there by their sides to make sure that no accidents happen. Not to interact and not to educate the kids. The maid spends her time at the play area and in front of the TV watching cartoon. She does laundry, minor cleaning to the house and almost no cooking... as Wifey and I are the ones cooking at home. She has been with us for almost one year and she will be getting a RM50 increment soon. But RM 800, and that is clean take home pay as she does not pay for her food, self care utilities and etc.....Even I don't have that much of savings in the end of the month!

I have to start training the kids to work on the maid's off day! :)


Afidalina Tumian said...

cutenya si adik ikut kakak!

headsteadi said...

i'm paying our babysitter rm600/mth. keje dier full time jaga baby. masak memasak aku yang buat. kemas rumah, vaccum, mop the floor, cuci bathroom, buang sampah semua aku. dia cuma jaga anak and 24hrs tngk tv sampai EPL pun aku dah takder can nak nengok. pas tu, enjoy sakan pakai air-cond satu rumah :(

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