Hygiene workers do the general public a favour by maintaining the cleanliness and pleasantness of public spaces despite the often dirty and dangerous nature of their jobs. Theirs is the nobler cause, says Jasmine Tea.
If children cannot be protected against an exploitative and unjust system, what is the rationale for standing in their way when they participate in actions to demand their rights, asks Rani Rasiah.
One of the big problems in the two north Borneo states is the exploitative development that has caused havoc especially in the interior of the region. Prema Devaraj looks at how this exploitation has extended to the sexual exploitation of marginalised indigenous girls and women. A more holistic and sustainable development model is needed to put an end to it.
While the current exploitation of the domestic worker stems from a system which exploits people for profits (i.e. capitalism), gender discrimination and the isolation of the worker are also contributing factors, points out Prema Devaraj.
‘Where Monsoons meet: A people’s history of Malaya’ provides a different perspective because it foregrounds the role of economic exploitation in the shaping of our society, say Aliran member Amir Muhammad.
There is now a proposal to raise the Malaysian agents’ fees for domestic workers to RM8,000. These agents only provide data to the end-users and do not deserve such a huge profit margin from their exorbitant charges. The official cost of hiring is only RM2,180 per maid while gross profit distributed among the human supply chains and (other unexplained charges) is RM5,820 per person, points out the Jakarta-based group Migrant Care.
In another world, religion will not be a tool of exploitation in the hands of exploiters, but it will be a powerful weapon in the hands of the poor and the oppressed, says Asghar Ali Engineer.