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Malaysia: Why a maid is more trouble than she’s worth

Malaysians may have to give up keeping maids, said V.K. Chin in the Kuala Lumpur Star.

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Why a maid is more trouble than she’s worth

Malaysians may have to give up keeping maids, said V.K. Chin in the Kuala Lumpur Star. Local girls won’t work as maids/nannies for any wage that a middle-class family can afford. And now Indian maids are being priced out of the market, thanks to interference by New Delhi. The Indian government has issued new rules that require its citizens working abroad as domestics to have contracts. For instance, now Indian women who have agreed to work for a family for one year must be paid for the months they worked, even if they quit before the full year is up. That “must be the most one-sided agreement employers have come across.” Unfortunately, the obvious alternative to Indian maids would be Chinese maids. But “there are enough of them in the country at present, and some of them are causing a lot of social and moral problems.” So Malaysian couples will have to find a way to clean the house and raise the kids on their own. Which is probably just as well. “It is not good for children to be brought up by maids, especially those from other countries. They will grow up under the influence of their maids, who will expose them to different values and cultures.”

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