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A 40 something dad of five and a half wonderful kids with amazingly different traits and temperament from whom he wants a break from at times, yet wish they never grow older.....and be with him always.....(howzat possible?)and now wishing that he can be a stay at home dad......

25 October, 2007

Maidless in Ampang

Yup we are maidless....Aris did not pass the Fomema test in the first month after she arrived. It's good that the Government has imposed this Fomema check up upon arrival as this filters the unfit maids before it's too late..

For the uninitiated, the first medical check up conducted locally, previously, for foreign domestic workers, was for the renewal of permit i.e after almost a year in employment. Since the rise in diseases, which were almost eradicated in Malaysia, courtesy of foreign workers (like TB) the Government had to impose this new condition considering various shortcomings in the respective counterpart countries' health systems and/or bribery.

And we were lucky that this was emplaced..Otherwise Aris would have had to handle Hajar for a period of nine months without us knowing that she is unfit!

In Aris' case, her chest x-ray was unsatisfactory...There was an anomaly in her lung! Aris said she has not sufferred from tuberculosis before and neither has she been sick before! According to the doctor, it may be an old scar and there was nothing to worry about. We sought a second opinion, and the doctor (who happens to be my sis in law) told us to run further tests and she could be immediately treated (in isolation) for TB (just in case)....! But we just did not want to take any risk at all...and agreed with the agent to send her back! Well the turn of event and the drama whech ensued will take the whole day for me to tell...Suffice to say that the maid turned 180 degrees theerafter in terms of attitude and was lagging in her kpi! (LOL)

I wish I could be the dignified butler (as per the pic)...Unfortunately i'm now the official domestic helper at home! It began with serving food (luckily wifey had cooked) for ifter last evening AND later washing and drying (luckily we have a dryer) clothes, ironing, making milk, washing dishes, tucking the kids to bed..And I was knackered by 10 pm...and as expected slept like a log only to be woken up about 5.30 am by the scream of Umar "Nak susu.....!" (I want milk)...And the routine began....washed, dried and folded clothes, washed dishes, prepared breakfast and so on and so on.....Wifey was very kind and offered to finish the rest....

Our application for a new maid just went in before Eid and with God's grace, the maid should be with us in three weeks' time...from Flores (anybody who has had experience with maid from Flores?)

Can I sleep and rest now? Unfortunately...more documents to draft...sigh.....


WANSHANA said...

Dear Haq,

Join the club...I can SOOO relate to this posting! The never-ending chores, etc. I paling tak tahan - the piles of clothings to be ironed! Aiyoyo!!!

Not only have I been without a maid since June, this morning two of my MIL's maids ran away!

One of those runaway maids yang selalu uruskan my kids for school, etc when I 'deposit' them at my MIL's. So, until the new maids come, I will have to make sure my kids are settled, etc before I leave for the office.

The story of my life...

Xis said...

speaking of this maid thingy.. my cousin just told me her maid left the house 2 days ago and never returned.. Yup.. ran away... Anyway, I heard someone used to tell me maids from Flores and Madura are rough people.. hmm.. not sure how true that is.. But one thing for sure, I know maids from Jawa and Sumatera are good... :)

Mior Azhar said...

Hang in there, Bro. I know it's tiring (yeah, as if I'm doing a whole lot of housework now). But at least my daughters are all grown up now but you have to still go through all these for a long long time more... especially Hajar is still a newborn.
But whatever it is, bravo, brother.

Anonymous said...

Flores? Sounds very Italian owh I know it's like Beverly something in Ampang...

FloweRinTheDesert said...

errr...haq, i had a bad experience with a maid from Flores. I hope urs would be ok la. Not that I want to scare u or anythin...hmm..

ZEYN said...

Abg Haq,

i had undergone the same circumstances too, minus having a wifey and kids of course. after i had quit Law, i was 'appointed' as my sister's unofficial maid for seven months. back then she already had 4 kids.

let's just hope your 'tenure' won't pass mine. :)

have a wonderful weekend, bro!

WANSHANA said...

Dear Haq,

I've linked this posting of yours to my latest posting. Tiba-tiba dapat inspirasi pulak after reading your "Maidless in Ampang" ni :D. Hope you don't mind.


Dad of Four said...

Shana - Oh dear!

Xis & Rin - Uh Oh! Hopefully this one turns out ok! (Rin - is that the one who damaged your car after she left, if my memory serves me correctly)

Mior - TQ Mior for the words of support!

Shana - Must check your posting!

Anon - No - Indon!

Zeyn - Wah...you've had you share!

nafastari said...

We always have problem with Flores male workers during operasi PATI.
They are rough and aggressive.
Hope the female especially yours is otherwise.

on my mind certainly constantly

on my mind certainly constantly