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JEDDAH: Saudi sponsors seeking to recruit domestic help from Sri Lanka say they have suffered delays of nine months to a year, despite completing the application process and paying the fees.

“In March, I paid the fees and was told that according to the new regulations, I should only have to wait for 190 days or just over six months until the maid arrives. Instead, I am still waiting,” said Saad K., a retired government employee.

He has visited and called the recruitment office many times but was told that the delay was due to a problem in Sri Lanka.

Another Saudi who was visiting a recruitment agency told Arab News that he had been waiting for 10 months and had been given the runaround whenever he called for information.

“Several times I have called the office to speak to the manager and they always say he is out and will return my call, which never happens,” said Khaled Al- Seraj, adding that this is why he had decided to make a personal visit to the office.

The manager of employment agency Badeel Recruitment in Jeddah told Arab News the delays were due to salary negotiations currently under way between Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.

“We have information that Sri Lanka is requesting and working on establishing new contracts raising the salaries of its domestic workers from the current minimum wage of SR650 to SR800,” said the manager, Sameer.

He added that until these negotiations are completed, he does not see any end to the current delays.

“The talks must be completed and an agreement arrived at before we can expect any applications to be processed abroad in Sri Lanka,” he said.

Arab News contacted Nimal Ranawaka, labor consul at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh, for his reaction. However, he said he considered the matter confidential. Other Sri Lankan diplomats were not available for comment.

According to figures obtained earlier this month from Sri Lanka’s Central Bank, remittances from Sri Lankan nationals working in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries are expected to top SR14.25 billion ($3.8 billion) by the end of this year. (Arab News)

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  • senra Friday, 01 October 2010 12:01 PM

    Sadly and shamelessly that is the way we servive. No country except Philipines do this. We and our 2500 yr old grand culture

    malkanthi Friday, 01 October 2010 06:22 AM

    Diplomatic mission in these middle east countries have done nothing to help poor housemaids. Wonder what's their real mission?

    Concerned Friday, 01 October 2010 06:31 AM

    Do they want to nail some more maids?

    Wasanthi Friday, 01 October 2010 06:45 AM

    It´sbetter to stop sending women to Middeleast compleatly. First stop to sending women to Saudi Arabia.

    Faqi Friday, 01 October 2010 06:51 AM

    Are we still sending slaves to Saudi Arabia to be abused and killed?

    Nicolas Peucelle Saturday, 02 October 2010 09:32 AM

    Nobody should have to go to such a nasty country and serve these people. Really sad. They need to spend much more of their gold to deserve helper.

    saibunana Friday, 01 October 2010 08:00 AM

    LTTE was wiped off in 30 years period, i think SL house maid problems will be sorted in another 60 years time.......

    Podi Guru Friday, 01 October 2010 10:28 AM

    And they are paid slave wages, whether they get nailed or not.

    Gerry Friday, 01 October 2010 05:33 AM

    More lambs to the slaughter.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 01 October 2010 05:58 AM

    And free, good quality nails and pins with returning maids!


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