Illegal hiring of maids continues despite instructions

Updated 26 February 2013
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Illegal hiring of maids continues despite instructions

Brokers and labor offices are continuing to promote recruitment services of housekeepers from Indonesia and Sri Lanka despite an announcement by the Ministry of Labor that negotiations for recruitment are still ongoing.
Recruitment from these countries was suspended following a series of incidents involving housemaid abuse.
“These offices are run by brokers who take advantage of the growing need of citizens for domestic help,” said Nasser Abu Serhud, head of the international company for recruiting.
He called for cracking down on such offices, especially in light of the fact that their main objective is to obtain quick cash illegally.
On the other hand, an official at the Labor Ministry stated that negotiations with Jakarta are still ongoing. At the same time, he stressed that the minimum wage for domestic help was fixed at $ 400 (SR 1,500) within the framework of the agreement signed by Manila, which differs from those announced by these offices and brokers.
Citizens have been receiving text messages via Watsapp with names, phone numbers, and email addresses of offices that have begun recruiting business from Indonesia, claiming it is a new system instated by the Labor Ministry.
In these messages, they offer contracts for a period of two or three years with a monthly salary of SR 800.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.