Cheap wealth : Foreign maid and slave labors

I stay in a guarded community where there are the big houses and the small townhouses (where I live). The big houses hire maids and this aunt that brings her maid to other houses as a cleaner for hire.

The aunty demands RM12/hr, saying that she need to pay commission to the maid. In Klang Valley, the standard rate is around RM12-15/hr. The person who does the job earns RM5-7 while the remaining cut for the agent. With this particular cleaner, she is actually hired as a home helper. Yet, every day she is brought to clean other houses. For each house, she's paid RM1 (regardless of hours) with a maximum cap of RM20 a month. Money aside (they may not want her to run away), for 12 hours of work each day, she's given pieces of bread with margarine or white rice with salted fish for a meal. Once a month, she gets a piece of chicken.

The aunty loves to brag about how many relative families she has that stays in the bigger houses of the area - these people have no shame. Accumulating wealth on the expenses of slave labor, at least you could be quiet about lack of skill or knowledge to do something better for the society.

If wealth does not teach someone to be humble or care for the basic rights of the poor - the person is not wealthy, just smelly. You might disagree. I usually address people as Lady, Sir, Madam - but this person - she has an ugly heart with many LV bags.

We are all human and there's no amount of money that can make us perfect robots. It's important that we learn to first be human before learning to be rich. When we are financially independent we should know what it means to defend the rights of the poor. Or at least be fair to them or we will end up losing our soul to fiat money and stuff.

Deep in my heart I wish to spell out her name or leave her contact number (the cleaner does a fantastic job) but am not wealthy enough to hire an army of lawyers.

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