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There are thousands of Indonesian women working in Malaysia, the majority of them as maids. They come in search of decent paying jobs to support the families they left behind. That much Malaysians know. Yet, few employers really know what the salaries they pay their maids mean to these women and their families and how their lives are actually transformed. I>StarMag/Idecided to find out by following one maid home when she returned for her granddaughter#8217;s wedding. B>PHILIP GOLINGAI/Breports from Banyuwangi, Indonesia.
ONE of Malaysia#8217;s most accomplished women has been chosen to act on the world#8217;s stage to better the lot of women and children everywhere. LI EE KEE has the story.
Hot on the heels of the polygamy storm, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim proposed another bombshell last week #8211; that Perlis impose a 10pm- 6am mandatory curfew on youngsters aged 18 and below to stop them from patronising nightclubs, karaoke joints, video arcades and 24-hour convenience stores at night. The move, he explained, would curb social ills, improve discipline and discourage the culture of I>lepak/I(loafing). He later #8220;clarified#8221; that it was not an #8220;outright curfew#8221; but merely #8220;something to effectively curtail#8221; the young ones. We met a certain #8216;Datuk Professoré close to the pulse of Perlis to get a better picture.
Two Malaysian journalists #8211; Shamsul Akmar and Abdul Razak Ahmad #8211; covering the Aceh conflict were detained for questioning by the Indonesian police here yesterday.
Police foiled five illegal betting operations in the first five months of this year involving a total of RM15mil weekly, Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mukhtar Ismail said.