Lanka unaware of Saudi maid ban

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By Jamila Najmuddin


Sri Lanka has not been officially informed of any move by the Saudi Authorities to impose a ban on recruiting maids from Sri Lanka and the country does not feel such a move will even take place, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Kingsley Ranawaka told Daily Mirror Online.

Saudi media reported last week that Saudi Arabia is considering banning maids from countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam due to maids being unqualified to suit the Saudi culture and tradition.

However responding to such a statement, Ranawaka said that there was a great demand for Sri Lankan maids in the Saudi and such a ban would be “impossible” to implement. “The Saudi authorities cannot do this as there is a huge demand for Lankan maids in that part of the world. Sri Lanka cannot cater to such a great demand. The numbers only keep increasing,” Mr. Ranawaka said.

He added that the Sri Lankan government however had not been informed by the Saudi government or the Saudi embassy of the ban and the government had inly learnt of such a move through the media.
He further said that according to the government policy, the country did not promote unskilled recruitments and all workers were thoroughly trained to suit the respective cultures.

According to reports, Saudi Arabia is serious in imposing the ban especially after recent incidents of child murders and violence.

“The main reason for considering such a ban is that the labor recruiters in those countries are not qualified enough to supply housemaids that suit the local culture and tradition. There is no proper selection process of housemaids to suit this market, nor are they given orientation before they leave their countries,” Saudi media reports qouted Ali Al-Quraishi, Vice President of the local Labor Recruitment Committee as saying.

He added that local employers have found that maids from these countries make no effort to adapt to local conditions. “They don’t even show any inclination to cope with local traditions and culture,” he said. “We have decided to be extra-careful when dealing with such foreign labor, especially after some reports that housemaids were involved in child murders and incidents of violence,” he added.

  Comments - 28

  • Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:18 PM

    Already we have lost the GSP+ now the ban domestics.That means good portion foreign currency inflow is gone, together with authorising limitless FC outflow, we are heading for a serious crisis very soon.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:23 PM

    Ths is the case allways. Any announcement made by foreign Governments never reach local ministries and our authorities need to respond to statements they see in news papers. This could be one reason the Goverment try to have control over media. In case if the news is a fact we need to find ways to earn foreign exchange to pay interest on loans we received from IMF and other countries. What are we going to do now?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:12 AM

    All those people saying that the ban is good, stop for a moment and think where the money is coming from for those poor folks to get on with their lives. Build a small house, send the kids to school and feed them. All those people who are writing here are well off. Aren't you. Do you raise a finger to help those poor folks ?.

    Nissanka

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:14 AM

    Well, SA being THE Kingdom, they try to give us a message. Be strong. Heavy seas are ahead for our youngsters. Don't suppress or be supressed! Happy Independent Day!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:16 AM

    Media hype! Both the media here and in the Arab countries have a negative attitude to these maids and I think the banning won't do on either side a reality it should be voluntary and no one should go to those countries, they consider abuse women, those countries should find it would be difficult to find maids in civilized communities. Those who consider doing house hold chores below their dignity at home go overseas for the lure of $s then they are shocked to know how degrading the job is.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:20 AM

    If Saudi bans housmaids from Sri Lanka it wil end many social issues related to family affairs,but it wil cost Sri Lanka milions of dollars as forign revenues................

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:11 AM

    India supplies IT professionals to the world but we supply housemaids. Should anyone needs more words to describe the thinking of our Policy Makers at the top!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:12 AM

    I hope the other Arab countries follow suite. I am working in Kuwait and I know first hand what is going on.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:22 AM

    y not take place?? it will definitely when u look at the trend. come on....Bureau!!SL maids are spoiling the image of the country every where in the world!!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:31 AM

    Its Better to Ban all in Gulf,our maids 50% enjoying 50% suffering.enjoyers are they keep deffernt natioinal husbans,sufferers are beaten,raped,salary not paid etc..by thier sponsors.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:49 AM

    still we have bathala, manioc and Kos...

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:51 AM

    I would be very happy if this is True, Sri lankan maids are treated worst than animals, i personally as come across affected and stranded maids,

    i dont agree that the maids are well trained by the SLBFE, as most of them even dont know there Sri lankan address, and some are under age who travels with forged Passport, and most of them sick and not fit to work (forced by the Agencies)

    The Best thing is to Stop Sending Maids to Gulf, and i would Salute the Person who would work on this ,

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:38 AM

    So, SLBFE need to sell our women to the Arabs even they dont want. SLBFE will never stop exporting our women to other countries.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 06:17 PM

    We don't need 'slave labour'! Improve the economy and provide jobs for all, in Sri Lanka!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:05 AM

    A good comment from Thomas. Actually, we should have been ashamed to wait till the Saudis ban our maids and as a responsible government we should have taken the initiative to ban maids going to such countries. This mentality of exporting women to earn foreign exchange for the comforts of both the government and the menfolk at home in Sri Lanka must definitely come to a stop.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:07 AM

    Earlier, I heard it is this Sri Lankan government which was to halt sending house maids before the end of 2009. But, why the government should look bewildered when the Saudis do the same. If we really think that we should be more concerned about our moral standing than the monetary concerns, then we should welcome this with open enthusiasm.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:37 AM

    One topic in Mahindha Chinthana was done by Saudhi at least. Goverment surviving from these womens sending as slaves to other countries and other than that they enjoy. Thanks Saudhi Government.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:12 PM

    No more GSP+ ... No more maids to Saudi ... What's next?

    Friday, 05 February 2010 10:39 AM

    What about gender equality, are you ready to accept the laws of Arabia- the males are double superior than the female counterparts?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:13 PM

    The whole ministry and the wings associating to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still busy with Elections

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:49 PM

    I agree with first part, but not the second they have to be given suitable jobs in our country, that will cut down many family problems.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:02 PM

    Mr. Ranawaka, Please take this oppertunity to not to send any House maid to Saudi arabia. Actualy this should done by our government to stop suffring our woman in saudi arabia. dont look only money side.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:05 PM

    what international cooperate companies?? mahinda has already wished the international cooperate companies suba anagathayak!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 07:09 AM

    Hope it is a good move by Saudi Government to save our Females to be slave to some others. right time to stop sending maids to any countries from Sri Lanka. train our females as skill employee to work in international cooperate companies

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 07:51 AM

    It is a good move by Saudi Gov , It should have been initiated by our Gov .

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:40 PM

    Be considerate. Who will feed those children of the poor wemen that loose future jobs? Over 100000 currently working as house maids in Saudi.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 08:09 AM

    It is better for Sri Lanka to BAN the export of Maids to work in the Arab houses, as still they have the mindset of Slave Traders. LET SRI LANKA BAN, BEFORE SAUDI OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY BAN AND SAVE FACE. Take a decisive step in the right direction, and promote the export of Male Workers. If necessary let the Bureau pay the Visa Charge/Air Ticket cost & recover from the worker's salary during the 2 year contract period. Technical training also should be provided to those aspiring to go abroad.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:02 PM

    A TOTAL BAN ON ANY FEMALE GOING AS A DOMESTIC AID TO ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS DONE IN INDIA & PAKISTAN, TO SAFE GUARD THE MODESTY OF WOMEN. THEY COULD WORK IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND ALSO TAKE CARE OF THE GROWING CHILDREN. OFCOURSE WOMEN CAN GO AS ANY OTHER CATEGORIES SUCH AS NURSES/TEACHERS/ SECRETARIES etc WHERE THEIR SECURITY IS GUARANTEED. IT IS A PITY SRI LANKA IS TRYING TO EARN A FEW DOLLARS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE WOMEN GOING AS HOUSEMAIDS. SEND AS MANY AS MALES AS DONE BY INDIA, AND BOOST YOUR FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS AS MEN ARE PAID A HIGHER SALARIES. THIS IS FOR THE PRESIDENTS THOUGHT AND ACTION.


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