Hiring prices of Indonesian housemaids hiked

Updated 01 October 2016
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Hiring prices of Indonesian housemaids hiked

JEDDAH: Recruitment firms have increased the hiring prices of Indonesian domestic workers, exploiting the stoppage of the recruitment of the country’s maids to the Kingdom, local media said.
The rental price of an Indonesian housemaid reached SR3,500 per month together with the payment of SR7,000 as insurance to be paid back after a three-month rent period of the worker.
For their part, a number of recruitment offices said the increase of rental prices of Indonesian domestic workers was attributed to the growing demand and undersupply of these workers.
Osama Ismail, the director of a recruitment company in the Kingdom, said after the stoppage of the export of Indonesian domestic workers, recruitment firms resorted to hiring Indonesian maids already in the Kingdom.
With the increased demand for Indonesian maids, recruitment companies hiked hiring prices to SR3,500 per month with the insurance fees of SR7,000, he said.
For his part, Abdullah Al-Khaldi, director of a recruitment office, said Indonesian maids prefer being hired on a rental basis due to a number of privileges including the existence of medical insurance, good salaries and the possibility of cancelation of the contract with the customer if he violates any conditions.
Husain Al-Harthi, owner of a recruitment office, said the tendency of Indonesian maids to work with rental-based recruitment firms contributed to the increase of their number with these companies, which is currently estimated at nearly 400,000. Accordingly, the companies control their rental prices, he said.
In this context, an informed source at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah said the decision of the Indonesian House of Representatives stipulates that their housemaids are allowed to continue work and renew contracts, if they expire, based on the desire of both parties to be authenticated at its embassy in Riyadh, or the consulate in Jeddah.
However, the situation of Indonesian house workers working with recruitment companies is a matter of supply and demand, the source added.


Yemen FM: No peace before Houthi disarmament

The Arab coalition is striving to rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis, says Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani. File/Getty Images
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Yemen FM: No peace before Houthi disarmament

  • Alongside military operations, the coalition is undertaking humanitarian work to “rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis
  • The Houthis’ “weapons and missiles must be handed over, and there is no room for dialogue or negotiation about them

LONDON: There cannot be peace in Yemen unless Houthi militias abandon their arms, said the country’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani.

The internationally recognized government will not allow Iran, which backs the Houthis, to maintain a foothold in Yemen or interfere in its internal affairs, he added.
“This terrorist regime” in Tehran, “which supplies terrorist militias all over the world, is close to collapse as a result of international and popular pressure by the Iranian people, who are suffering as their terrorist state spends billions here and there for a foolish expansionist idea,” Al-Yamani said.
“The modern and civilized world that respects international law cannot accept the existence of a state sponsor of terrorism and all subversive and terrorist militias in the region,” he added.
“If Iran wants to be part of the social, cultural and political fabric of our region, it must rationalize its behavior.” Its “terrorist behavior… encourages the spread of violence in the region,” he said.
Al-Yamani added that he will start his tenure as foreign minister by focusing on negotiations and the efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.
The government is working round the clock with the envoy’s office so he can present his ideas on June 7 after consultations with the government, Al-Yamani said.
There will be meetings in the next few days with Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and a special meeting with the negotiating team, all within the framework of the envoy’s efforts in the region, Al-Yamani added.
Griffiths has visited several countries in the region, and has met with Yemen’s government and the leadership of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Houthis “suggest that political arrangements should come before security and military arrangements,” said Al-Yamani.
But “the coup against the state in January 2015 came as a result of the preference of political over security arrangements,” he added.
“And after the Houthis achieved their goals, they turned against the national consensus reflected in the peace and partnership agreement, under which the president provided facilities to save the homeland from the fate we have reached today,” Al-Yamani said.
“We cannot talk about any political arrangements because we consider them to be a foregone conclusion if we achieve the withdrawal and delivery of heavy and medium weapons and missiles,” he added. “We cannot retry something we tried before... The coup must end.”
The Houthis’ “weapons and missiles must be handed over, and there is no room for dialogue or negotiation about them,” he said. “Heavy and medium weapons should be handed over, and those militias must be withdrawn.”
Al-Yamani criticized Iran’s ambassador to the UN for speaking in dovish language while his country causes destruction in Yemen.
“Most of what we have been able to remove of the mines planted by the Houthis had the trademark of Iranian industry,” Al-Yamani said.
“Even if we achieve peace today, we will need decades to demine... There will be no possibility of safe living in the areas where mines were planted.”
Al-Yamani expressed the gratitude of his government and people for the Saudi-led coalition’s support for the government to achieve security and peace in Yemen and the whole region.
Alongside military operations, the coalition is undertaking humanitarian work to “rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis, rebuild the Yemeni psyche destroyed by the war, distribute goods throughout Yemen, and reconstruct what was destroyed by the Houthi war machine,” he said.
“All this confirms that the project of restoring the state… is the project of life,” which is “opposed to the project of death brought by Iran and its Houthi militias to Yemen,” he added.
This interview is simultaneously published in Asharq Al-Awsat.