Recently I read a piece about the new agreements that have been signed between the Labor Ministry of Saudi Arabia and numerous Asian, African and Arab Gulf countries. Irrespective of the many reasons that forced the hand of the Labor Ministry to sign new recruitment agreements with a vast number of countries – even though I am certain that some of those reasons may have to do with the economy, because many of these countries have an abundance of lower wage labor and recruitment fees which is extremely low, unlike the Philippines and Indonesia – there are many other factors which should have been taken into consideration by the ministry but wasn’t.
The security, cultural and behavioral factors should also be taken into account when considering employing domestic servants. Personally I cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of these ignored factors.A farmer, cook, doorkeeper or a domestic servant whoever we choose to employ becomes part of our family regardless whether we like it or not. This is especially worrying when both the husband and wife have their careers which in turn mean that the children end up spending most of their time with the domestic employees. All parents should stop leaving the children alone, under custody of their domestic employees, with immediate effect. Despite the fact that it is easier on your daily routine and running your errands with the children at home.
None the less, parents need to stop this practice immediately because the children, our children, our future end up suffering from several different problems which eventually lead up to them going astray or going on the wrong path. Despite the odd chance that I may be even slightly wrong about my conclusions, without sounding harsh or like a prick, the domestic employees may carry some disease or virus which they might have gotten back from their home town. Even if this might be a paranoid parent talking, would you want to take the chance of your child catching that disease?
In the second stage the labor ministry should focus on significantly reducing the number of expatriate workers employed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and start a process of replacing the expatriates with local Saudis so that the money earned by a Saudi man or woman can stay in the Kingdom.Inside the Kingdom with all the glitz and glamour of the exotic cars and equally exotic pets there are also those who are barely making it one day to the next, who are deprived of many things that we consider a basic right. These are not expatriates but people of Saudi Arabia who are desperate for a job or employment so that they can turn their life around.
Some people say that Saudis will never work as doorkeepers or farmer or a cook but they would be surprised, see when a man has nothing to eat or to feed his family then he will take up whatever employment he can get to ensure his family does not sleep hungry.
Source: Saudi Gazette
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