Reluctant maid causes headache for businessman

Irwadi (left) and his wife Syareena Ali at the Johor Baru Consumer Claims Tribunal.

JOHOR BARU: A Filipino maid refused to work and started crying, forcing her employer to send her back to the employment agency after only five days.

Businessman Irwadi Ibrahim, 42, said he and his wife Syareena Ali, 38, had gone to Kuala Lumpur on May 13 to fetch the 33-year old maid and bring her to work at their house in Pasir Gudang.

The claimant paid RM14,652 to the employment agency for a two-year contract for the maid with RM1,680 monthly salary.

“After five days, she told us she didn’t want to continue working with us as the employment agency promised that she would work at a shop instead of being a domestic helper, ’’ Irwadi said when met at the Johor Baru Consumer Claims Tribunal in Menara Ansar here.

He said during her five-day stay with them, the maid woke up late, spent most of her time watching television instead of doing her chores, and was always complaining of headaches.

Irwadi and Syareena sent the maid back to Kuala Lumpur on May 17 and demanded the employment agency provide a replacement.

He said the company called him on May 24, explaining that the same maid was willing to come back to work for them again.

“Everything was okay but from Aug 7 to 10, she slept the whole day, claiming that she had a severe headache, ’’ Irwan said.

The claimant said the maid finally admitted she did not have any experience as a domestic helper, adding that she had been “threatened” by the employment agency into working for them.

“The maid ran away from our house on Aug 24 and we lodged a police report to cancel her work permit, ’’ Irwan said, adding that they held on to her passport.

The respondent said the company spent RM5,570 on the maid and the expenses include levy, medical check-up, flight ticket and service charges to the agency in the Philippines.

Irwadi claimed RM14,652 from the employment agency but Tribunal president R. Nadarajan awarded him RM9,758 and ordered the employment agency to pay the sum within 14 days.

Nadarajan also ordered the claimant to pay RM5,067 to the maid for the number of days she worked for him and return her passport to the Philippines Embassy within 14 days.

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