I was inspired to write this entry after reading a friend’s status on Facebook a few weeks ago. She is a Malaysian currently residing in Singapore.
In her status, she expressed frustration over her Filipino maid because “she wants weekends off like her friends in America”. Then, she went on to say that her maid is only entitled for one day off per month but she is already giving her another day extra and still, the maid complains.
I felt gutted…
Only two days off a month on one of the most stressful jobs – taking care of small kids everyday? With no specified daily working hours or job specification? I am sure taking care of kids plus managing a household is no easy feat, otherwise why would one need domestic help?
Is it because of the fact that she is a “maid” makes her undeserving of rest day(s) and personal time each week like any employee?
Even office workers, who get weekends off and additional annual leave complain of job-related stress. Why the double standard?
Is the “maid” here to provide assistance as an employee or a slave? Or perhaps a robot?
Reading Genn’s observations, can these (often) young foreigners working in Singapore or Malaysia be blamed if they are not exactly “performing”? They are exhausted!
Like any other employees (e.g. you and I), when unhappy with the job or boss (i.e. no job satisfaction), do you think they will have a heart to be dedicated while on the job?
One of the comments on her status read, “Get Indons instead, they are more obedient and less stubborn”.
I don’t know what else to say. Food for thought.