Recently we heard that the government is going to list down the registered maid agency on December 1, 2011. The cost is (more less) about RM4500-00, if I'm not mistaken.
Anyways, that's (the same) price we'd to fork out (yes, wayyy cheaper than our last 8-days Cambodian maid).
In our case, the Agreement is to pay half to the agent, and she will send out the data so the Employer can apply the working permit at the Immigration. Then, pay the balance upon the maid arrival. Simple? I don't know.
Nonetheless, I had it the first hand. Did all by myself for the previous maid. From applying working permit to self-collect at the 'foreign worker area' in KLIA (at that time I was 38 weeks pregnant. So you can imagine how frustrated I was it didn't turned out as I expected especially when I had to go through all the hassle etc)
GadgetGeek's aunty went to Medan and met the maid agency there. She went all the way because she needs to find the maid replacement for GadgetGeek's grandmother. (upon hearing this, we quickly 'place our order'). Technically, all the selection was done by her.
The maid is about 36 years old. The husband no where to be found. Have 3 year old child. Worked in Malaysia in 2006 for 3 years before she returned to Medan. And most importantly, the Agent mentioned that no handphone for maid. All and all, I think total is about RM5500 (Inclusive FOMEMA, visa etc)
I don't want her to enter Malaysia on tourist visa as it is costly when we want to apply for working permit.
Insha Allah, we will paying the Agent tomorrow. This and that. In and out, I think we can expect her arrival in January next year.
Whatever it is, GadgetGeek's aunty told us to pray a lot when it comes to maid. Feeling torn in between two, I did 2 raqaat prayer; Istiqarah and prayed -
Aku mohon pemilihan Mu menerusi pengetahuan Mu dan
aku mohon kekuatan Mu menerusi kudrat Mu serta
aku minta pada Mu sebahagian dari limpah kurnia Mu
yang sangat besar. Sesungguhnya Engkau amat berkuasa
sedangkan aku tidak berkuasa,
Engkau amat mengetahui sedangkan aku tidak mengetahui
dan sesungguhnya Engkau amat mengetahui segala yang ghaib.
kiranya Engkau mengetahui bahawa perkara ini adalah baik bagiku
dalam urusan agama ku juga dalam urusan penghidupan ku
serta natijah pada urusan ku, kini dan akan datang,
maka tetapkan lah ia bagi ku dan permudahkanlah ia untukku,
serta berkatilah daku padanya.
Dan kiranya Engkau mengetahui
bahawa perkara ini membawa kejahatan kepadaku
dalam urusan agamaku, juga dalam urusan penghidupanku
dan natijah urusanku, kini dan akan datang,
maka elakkanlah ia dariku
dan tetapkanlah kebaikan untukku sebagaimana sepatutnya,
kemudian jadikanlah daku meredhainya.”
I couldn't say much on this. Just pray for the best.
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