Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen is storming cinemas all around the world. Even in Malaysia, this movie has been talk of the town (other than political issues that seems the power struggel never ends). Of course the kids got excited and so do some adults. Maybe, for male adults, Megan Fox is one of their main attraction.
Ads thorugh media use this movie as part of their promo plan. Among all ads, I’m more attracted to one radio promo, whereby the guy asking Optimus Prime to transform into ice cubes or cooler (I think so). However, when Optimus refused, the guy said: “This is what you say serving mankind?”
Seriously, there are some things that made my brain to think on the advert. One – I cannot imagine Optimus Prime transform to ice cubes. From truck to ice cubes? C’mon!; Two – I have to say, whoever wrote the line “serving mankind” by transforming into ice cubes just to satisfy one needs, either he/she is thinking outside the box, he/she just exploiting the movie aura just to get people to buy the product, or he/she see/giving the impression “serving mankind” in his/her own interpretation to satisfy his/her own needs. C’mon. If Optimus transformed into ice cubes, it will melt soon enough and no more Optimus!
In which, the second thought “connected” me to last few days hot issue – about maids in Malaysia. Suddenly, once again maids’ issue become one of the attention of Malaysians. We can read it in news, either about no changes on giving one day off to maids, options to get maids from China or anything related. Thanks to radio talk shows, we are able to hear the good part and the worse part of maids serving ing Malaysia. I have to say, Pak Nil’s topic “Anugerah Pembantu Rumah Terbaik” is the best discussed topic as it allows us to hear the maid employees giving good points in creative manner. I also have a good laugh at Din Beramboi’s Drama Sebabak dialogue with one of the listeners, playing as maids comparing their employees and who’s having better.
As now, you can see how my mind travelled in regards with this issue – “serving”. Malaysians hired maids to help them in whatever tasks and jobs they requires. From one perspective, they are worker who are hired to help with houseworks. From another point of view, they are worker, working for either unprofessional employee or professional employee.
To determine the pro and non-pro employee, is very subjective. Due to the fact, there are employees that treat their maids well, and the maids reacted the same way; employees terating well, but the maids reacted badly; employees treat badly, maids just follow until they cannot bear anymore and runaway; and employees treat badly and get “what you give, you get back” type of maids.
For such issues in regards to maids, I have to say, we as the employees have to act brilliant and behave better. Most of Malaysians who hired maids are professionals with brains and knowledge. I know, we expect them to have the know how on any house keeping related, but in between human skill/soft skill is required. Perhaps, this article from Tranung Kite can give us some idea.
However, for those who have such maids like this, I can understand (even though kind of awkward to see maids able to blog while working..well, we have seen some maids doing business while we are not at home). Still, the more educated should be able to handle well.
The maid issue should be in-house issue, and do not really need the governments of nations involved have to sit down and talk. If business can run without much interferences on employers issues, why don’t the employers at work but employees at home work something out. I am in opinion, government’s intervention is not really needed in solving maids issues (except for the formalities).
Question on the street: Should government being dragged into maid issues? Visa issues, permits – Yes. Maids poor service, employee’s bad treatments? Just the relevant authority please, no need the MPs addressing the issue. It is your in-house issue. No need to shout out to the whole world about your maid’s issue.
What more day off for maids. Aiseh, maids are still human, not robots (I guess this should answer the title). Kindly use our own brain to sort things out.
And to maids, if your employees treat you well, please do provide the best service based on terms and conditions set in the agreement and arrangement. (Kepada orang gaji/pembantu rumah, jika majikan kamu melayan kamu dengan baik, layanlah majikan kamu dengan cara yang terbaik kamu boleh berikan, berdasarkan terma dan syarat kamu bekerja sebagai orang gaji. )