STARMETRO’s article on maid treatment on Nov 28 received tremendous SMS response from readers all over the Klang Valley.
Petaling Jaya resident, Dr Judy Mahibol’s advise on maid treatment was simple.
In her SMS, Mahibol said employers should not nag or give long-winded explanations to their maids.
“Specific instructions work better,” she said.
She also suggests that maids be given sufficient rest – at least 10 hours a day – and be encouraged to write regularly to their families.
“Regular contact with family members gives them the freedom of communication outside their work place. Give them space by giving them time for themselves,” said Mahibol during a phone interview held upon receiving her SMS.
Below are some of the other SMS views we received in reply to the issue.
1. Actually you can't blame the employers for being strict with maids, especially considering the amount of money paid to the agents and the yearly levies.
2. It’s up to the employer. For my maid, I agreed to give her mobile phone and during the Raya holiday, she went to her agent's place. Usually, she follows us everywhere during the holidays but once a while she goes to the agent’s home.
3. Are they being forced to work as maids? They should be remind of their purpose for being in this country. We are not their guardians but employers.
4. My maid of four years is given one day off during the first Sunday of every month to go out wth her friends.
5. Three of my maids have run away in spite of my good treatment of them.
6. I am a working mother and I depend on my maid to care for my one-year-old daughter.
7. Maids should work 44 hrs a week, six day week like any job.
8. It is nice to know that there are employers who treat their maids as part of the family. Sadly, most treat them like machines, expecting them to work continuously.