I've said it many times before and I'll say it again -- have a long-term plan on reliable and affordable domestic care support services for working women and households across the country so that we are not affected by this kind of situation.
The latest is a report quoting the Malaysian Maid Employers Association (Mama) that maids from Indonesia will start arriving within three months.
Mama, according to the NST, described as "successful" its meeting with Indonesia's Labour Supplier Association (Himsataki) on Monday.
Mama president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said both sides had agreed to find common grounds to end the long-standing issue.
This issue is close to my heart and I have written a lot about it.
Below is my column that was published in the NST on Saturday Jan 11.
IN this current deadlock with regard to the recruitment of foreign
ds, I feel lucky that I don't need one to help in the management of
my home and life.
That's because both my children are above 18 -- one is studying in
Ontario, Canada, and the other at a local university -- and no longer
need supervision or care while I am at work.
But I remember the time when I needed a maid to care for them. Although
I had an extended family -- parents and siblings living within an 8km
radius -- having a maid was a necessity if only to better manage my
Sure, I could function without a maid but it meant some hardship as I
would have to organise my schedule as well as my children's. A tough
balancing act. Those days, you could get a maid easily but the
recruitment procedures were embryonic and, therefore, tedious.
Read the rest of the article HERE.