My post titled Maid Phone Home has received numerous reactions from my avid readers, including new Anonymous readers. It prompted me to contribute my comment as an update to the situation. I know many readers do not continue to check on comments of previous post. I decided to put them up here today. I made a couple of grammar correction and changed word in the last paragraph from "we" to "I" as the dilema and paranoia was mine alone and not the missus.
The comment was a answer to a reader who was surprised that Malaysia is still so 'backward':
I believe it is not about being backwards or not. And it's not about being cruel either. Generally, Malaysians are good people. Honest! Sadly, events in the recent 5 years have changed people's perception. The streets are not as safe anymore. There are break-ins, rapes, scams, snatch-thief, etc. It used to happen to friend's friend's friend's relative. Now, the frequency of it happening is frightening and that it hits closer to home. I can name you a couple of aunts/uncles who had their houses broken into or their hand bags snatched.
The bad economy and general state of fear has cause people to be paranoid, myself included.
I could also name you many experiences from friends where they caught their maids being 'courted' by strangers at the door. Usually they started by having friendly chat and then inviting them to come in and then rob the houses. Or cases where the bad people would pretend to be a plumber or electrician or something to cheat their way inside the house.
Or there are cases where when you go out with the maid, these guys would operate such that they will pass their telephone numbers to the maids in public toilets and then start to court them.
There are also cases of maids suddenly getting pregnant and employers are forced to send them home and wonder if they made out in their beds.
Yes, I should not think that way... and yes, I cannot help it.
But for the record, I let our maid phoned home. Not only that, in her first try of phoning home, she managed to talk to her sister and mother but her daughter was not home. The following day, I let her call again and yet daughter was not home. The following week, another try and again, timing is such that when she called, her sister (they don't have land line and I have to call mobile and the mobile belongs to the sister) is in the farm and can't reach daughter. We are going to let her make a few more tries. Hopefully she will reach her daughter.
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