Friday, February 25, 2011

The Maid - Unholy Acts In The Holiest Place (5)

Up until October 29 last year, errant Saudi sponsors forced to cough up a total of SR3,717,635 million in unpaid salaries of 937 Indonesian housemaids.
Some of them had not been paid for 13 years.

Of the total, 617 housemaids returned to Indonesia, and 320 went back to their sponsors.
About 80 to 90% eventually get their wages back.
The remaining 10 to 15% are runaways who have worked for just 15 days to three months.


67-year old Sumiati Bint Mohammad Badri, from Cilacap in Central Java, worked for her sponsor in Mecca in 1993.
The sponsor used to say that her money was in the bank, but Sumiati was never paid for her service for nine years.

When the sponsor's family of 11 brothers split up, he sent her to work at his mother's house, where she spent seven years.
When the sponsor's mother died, her sons paid her SR50,400.

Sumiati went to the Indonesian consulate to get back the previous nine years wages that amounts to SR64,800.

In 2008 - 2010, there were 90 female migrant workers from Cilacap and 24 from Banyumas in Central Java who suffered various abuses.

Up to last year, there were 124 physical abuses.
More than 50 others, were abused sexually.

One of them is 35-year old Surti, from Pemijen in Sokaraja, Banyumas, Central Java, who managed to flee.

Kuswati from Kaliwedi, in Kebasen, Banyumas, Central Java, left for Saudi Arabia in October 18, 1992 with PT Duta Wibawa.

She wrote home in January 1993 to inform she worked for an employer in Al Baha.

Her elder brother, Muhtarom, replied the letter.
It was later returned, as the address he wrote, was unknown.
Communication was immediately stopped since then.

PT Duta Wibawa, the maid agency that flew his sister to the kingdom, was of not much help.

He then wrote a letter to the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah last year, asking for assistance.
His now 38-years old younger sister, had disappeared for more than 18 year.

In a reply, the consulate claimed, there's no Indonesian housemaid known as Kuswati, working in the kingdom.


Ina, from Perwokerto, Banyumas in Central Java was back in her country, last Friday.
She was relieved when the aeroplane touched down at Soekarno-Hatta Airport at Tangerang, Banten.

She flew home, courtesy of the Indonesian government.

She had been living under the Kandara bridge in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for more than a year.
She was in Saudi Arabia since 2007 but chose to run away 18 months ago.

The son of Ina's employer often locked her in the bathroom.
She was denied of visit to hospital nor medication on her sick days.

The National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) had repatriated troubled migrant workers from Saudi Arabia.

The Indonesian government had allocated fund of Rp128 billion for its troubled citizens, after violating their residence permit.

The repatriations were conducted in  three stages of overstayers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The series started on Monday February 14, with the first repatriation of 301 Indonesian overstayer citizens, who lived under the Khandara Bridge in Jeddah, consisting of 234 women, 27 kids, and 40 infants.

The second, on Friday February 18, repatriating 335 Indonesian overstayers - 302 female, 15 children, and 19 infants, residing under the Khandara Bridge too.

There are no more Indonesian citizen lives under the Khandara Bridge, for now.

However, there are still overstayers in Jeddah who lives in tahril (shelter) at the immigration office.
They stay together with thousands of offenders from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

The tahril capacity, suitable for ten thousand people, was insufficient.
It  forced the Saudi Arabian government to add another shelter for them in the House of Madinatul Hujjaj, Jeddah, to accommodate tens of thousands offenders from various countries

Yesterday, the last repatriation, managed to send home those migrant workers who have had problems with their jobs.

They were some 350 Indonesians - 286 female, 21 children and 43 infants.

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