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A Reuters report from Phnom Penh yesterday said Prime Minister Hun Sen made the decision after expressing disappointment with alleged incidents of beatings and rape of Cambodian maids by their Malaysian employers.
The report quoted Cambodia's Community Legal Education Centre, which helps abused domestic workers, as saying at least three maids were killed in Malaysia, and two raped and kept in isolation. Their passports were also withheld by their employers.
Cambodian recruitment agencies had earlier this year decided not to send maids to Kuwait after complaints of abuse by employers there.
The ban has major implications on Malaysian families as many employers turned to Cambodian maids following Indonesia's freeze on their domestic workers.
A good lesson for Malaysia. Leave them to so their own house work, instead of working out in the gym and spending time at the beauty parlour or shopping center.
Relearn time management and do away with many unnecessary. It will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Premier Hun Sen had made the right decision. Some Bolehland people are still keeping in their mindsets that maids are slaves and they can do whatever they want unto the slaves!
That`s the right thing to do. For as long as the law on foreign maids does not cover a wide range of issues that can affect the welfare of foreign maids in Malaysia, no country should risk sending maids to Malaysia. Cruelty to foreign maids is a never ending story, even if it involves a small proportion. Why we should treat a fellow human as a sub-standard specie is beyond comprehension.
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The former prime minister said that Western countries continue “believing that they can somehow continue to remain rich. They are unable to behave like poor people.”
On the same day Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled a budget that aims to rein in the deficit to 4.7 per cent, Dr Mahathir said the West “will not recover because they are still in a state of denial.
“They still believe they are rich, as rich as before they plunged into the crisis. They must keep up the big power wealthy country image even if their people have no jobs, riot and protest.
“How nice it would be if our pocket is picked, we are allowed to print some money to replace what is lost,”
P/S: Perhaps Dr. M intended to refer this kind of mentality to some local people who are now in power and may be also in the state of denial.
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Chandran Nair of the social venture think tank Global Institute For Tomorrow and author of Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, said if global consumption keeps on growing, the results would be "catastrophic".
Asia will shape the 21st century, but it will absolutely create a catastrophic outcome if it continues to follow the "Western narrative of consumption led-growth".
To avoid this, people are going to need to restrict consumption, which would mean tough rules.
"In the next 40 years, the Asian population would rise to 5.5 billion. The consuming classes that are consuming at the equivalent of the average American is actually about 600 million people in Asia. With 600 million people consuming today, unless you are blind, you will notice that we have ravaged the world, we have externalised cost enormously and now are we imagining that in the next 40 years, another four billion people can consume like this and not worry that things will go absolutely haywire?"
He cited figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), whose members include high-income economies, showing that car ownership levels are about 750 cars per a thousand people. China, being the world's largest car market, has 150 cars per thousand people and in India it is just 30. What would happen if Asians started buying cars, he asked.
"If China and India started to have car ownership, anything like the OECD in 2050, do you know how many cars we would have in the world? We'll have three billion cars," he said.
The notion that the world can "green" this "problem" is naive. "The world's most advanced automotive industry outside of Japan is Germany, and in Germany there are 40 million cars, how many 'green' cars are there in Germany? Less than 5,000," he said. Because of the rare earth metals that would be needed to produce hybrids or green cars, only the rich can afford these cars, he said.
Nair said the reason the world is going through this slowly faltering state is that for the past few centuries, the global economy has been shaped by the Western business model of consumption-led growth.
The world needs a plan, he said. And there needs to be a strong government to come up with policies that will weigh the options for the "principles of collective welfare" rather than the "individual rights", he said.
"We have the perception that somehow free markets will solve this problem, and we have a suggestion that finance will help solve this problem. It will not solve this problem," he said.
Technology won't be much help, noting that in certain cases it even aided and further ravaged available resources. "Fisheries is an example, once we intervened, technology is going to help with radar and so on, so that we can further rape the oceans."
People should realise that there are limits and that if people understand the limits, then they will have to understand that there should be equitable access to resources, he said.
In this day and age, there are governments which have become weak because they believe that the markets will solve the problems.
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