According to data provided by Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (PAPA) Malaysian households employed nearly 200,000 foreign maids -mostly from Indonesia, followed from Philippines, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Despite then the demand for foreign domestic maids still rapidly increasing despite rising cost of living in Malaysia and higher sourcing fee. The question now, do Malaysian household need to employ maid if so why, is at a need or adding luxury to household?
We might need to consider this two points adapted from the research paper by Dr Tan Peck Leong :
Research indicate that foreign maids have become more of a luxury good
- The cost of hiring maids is two and half times more than the financial benefit generated from the extra labour supply of Malaysian women made possible by the hiring of maids. This may indicate that foreign maids have become more of a luxury good that increases women’s leisure time rather than an indirect factor of production that releases more Malaysian women to join the labour force.
The presence of foreign maids does not have a negative effect on children’s academic
2. In his same research he identified that the presence of foreign maids does not have a negative effect on Malaysian employers children’s academic. Since, either working mothers or non-working mothers prefers to hand over their children academic achievement to the hand of private tutor, a tuition master or educationist.
We know that government keen to allow foreign maid to support or lessen the burden of career woman indirectly increasing the productivity of our country. Probably for working woman , having one or two maid is a need but not the case for households with non-working woman
Question to ponder? So what does non-working mothers do with the extra time gained by employing maid at home?
We also found that the more Malaysians relying on foreign maids, fewer childcare centres being operated while elderly are often cared for in the home.
Good or Bad , I leave it you.