Pride and dignity – Jokowi
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Indonesia will stop sending its women to work as maids overseas to preserve the country’s dignity – and is working on a target to enforce this.
“I have given Manpower Minister a target to come up with a clear roadmap on when we can stop sending female domestic workers. We should have pride and dignity,” he said in a speech at the Hanura party’s national congress in Solo, Central Java, late on Friday night.
Singapore employs a very large number of maids mainly from Indonesia and Philippines with a small number from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India.
Tan Ah Bok, 56, a budget hotel operator in Geylang said: “My business will drop by 75%. My customers are mostly foreign workers and maids. Singaporeans don’t do it in hotels anymore because they prefer doing it in the MRT.”
Lucky Singh, 24, a foreign worker from India said: “No problem la. I got many spare girlfriends from the Philippines.”