No worries, the Sowdies apologized and said that "such a thing wouldn't happen again."

Saudi Arabia “to drive out” all Indonesian migrants
Saudi Arabia has apologised to Indonesia for executing a maid without informing Jakarta, officials say.

Indonesian officials said the Saudi ambassador to Jakarta had promised that such incidents would not happen again. The beheading of Ruyati binti Sapubi on Saturday caused an outcry in Indonesia, where MPs called for a ban on workers being sent to the Middle East. The 54-year-old maid confessed to killing her boss with a kitchen knife after suffering abuse. Saudi Arabia has not yet released any official comment on the incident. But Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Michael Tene told journalists on Wednesday: “The ambassador apologised and regretted the situation and said that such a thing wouldn’t happen again.” About 1.5 million Indonesians work in Saudi Arabia – many of them as domestic maids. But there have been rows over the alleged mistreatment of maids in the recent past. In April a Saudi woman, convicted of beating and torturing an Indonesian maid, had her conviction quashed on appeal – sparking protests in Indonesia

by Mathias Hariyadi

Ruyati Binti Sapubi – An Indonesian Maid in Saudi Arabia Beheaded on June 18, 2011

The decision announced June 30. Jakarta replies that it has pre-empted a decision already taken to stop migration. But experts point out that Riyadh needs the Indonesian workforce and Jakarta has millions of unemployed. Instead safety and rights should be discussed.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Tension remains high between Riyadh and Jakarta in the aftermath of the beheading of an Indonesian woman in Saudi Arabia. The latter has decided to ban Indonesian workers (called Tenga Kerja Indonesia or TKI) from the country, but Indonesia had already decided to bring home the majority of its citizens migrated to Arabia, to ensure their safety.

Riyadh’s decision is effective from today. The Indonesian Minister for Human Resources Muhaimin Iskandar, however, commented on June 30 that “there is no problem, because their decision is in line with our moratorium.” During a debate, he added that “they still need our TKI … so we are not concerned about the decision to ban them.”

President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono had already promulgated the decision to recall some of the Indonesian workers who have migrated to Arabia, as of August 1. Jakarta aims to protest the beheading its citizen Rubati bin Satupi, carried out by Riyadh in violation of “international standards”, without even informing Indonesia (in the picture: a moment of street protests in Indonesia).

The ban affects about 1.5 million Indonesian migrants who live in Saudi on a regular basis and send home at least 2 trillion rupees a year. Experts believe that the two countries should seek a solution together, rather than take unilateral decisions.

Jumhur Hidayat, head of the Indonesian national office for the placement and safety of TKI, said the Saudi decision is in line with Indonesia to stop this migration, but fears that it “will result in many illegal TKI without official documents.”

Rusdi Basalamah, Secretary General of the Indonesian TKI agency, explains that there are thousands of Indonesian workers who have already applied for a visa and are ready to leave for Saudi.

Muhammad Yunus Yamani, head of the Agency, shows that this situation creates problems for both countries, because “Saudi Arabia has a strong need of our TKI and Indonesia relies heavily on TKI remittances from abroad “.

The National Commission for Human Rights of Women believes that any travel ban will have no effect unless alternative forms of employment are created for millions of unemployed domestic workers.

President Yudhoyono is concerned, however, to ensure the effective presence abroad of the newly created body for the safety of TKIs. He notes that there are at least 200 TKI, who are domestic workers in Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore and Malaysia, subject to charges involving the death penalty. “20% of them – he said yesterday – are involved in murder cases, while others in case of narcotic drugs or sexual abuse.” “The Task Force for the TKI should provide them legal assistance and take all steps to minimize the possibility of death sentence.” “We must ensure that any death sentence is transmuted to life imprisonment.”

Minister Muhaimin Iskandar noted however, that the legal protection abroad is only one problem with TKI to discuss with Riyadh. It is also necessary to mention the minimum monthly wage, which Jakarta has asked be raised to at least 11 thousand reais (around 3 thousand dollars), however, this has met with objections.

5 thoughts on “No worries, the Sowdies apologized and said that "such a thing wouldn't happen again."”

  1. The slow conquest of Canada continues… one cafeteria at a time:

    [A North York public school has opened up its cafeteria to allow a Muslim religious leader to lead weekly prayer services for up to 400 Islamic students.]

    * It is a safety issue – can’t have kids absenting themselves to go the mosque

    [“It is a safety issue,” she said on Thursday. “Students were leaving for the mosque during the day and some weren’t returning.”]

    * The “community” is ecstatic at dhimmifying another school

    [“The community is ecstatic that their children can stay in school and pray,” Schwartz said. “The parents of the students involved in the services had to sign consent forms.”]

    * It’s a ‘human right”

    [Area trustee Gerri Gershon said the prayers are part of the religious accommodation policy as specified in human rights legislation.]

    * muslims get exclusive use of cafeteria during preyers

    [“School administration take part preparing the cafeteria and making it into a mosque every Friday,” the man wrote by e-mail. “Only Muslims can use the cafeteria during the Islamic prayers.”]

  2. Have already pointed out to asia news from where this article originates they got their facts wrong, it is $400 a month they want. There is no such thing as reais, they mean ryal.

  3. How about: Indonesian people, try to create some value in your own country, instead of playing the Russian roulette of going to Saudi Arabia where you may or may not be killed, and not only for killing your employer after severe abuse but more often than not just for being a slave?

    Admittedly, I couldn’t watch the ‘graphic’ part of that video (having seen more than enough of graphic images to last me a lifetime of nightmares) but I assume it showed the actual beheading. I also noticed that the presenter with the posh-ish British accent was swathed in a ‘kill- the-kaffir tablecloth.’ Because let’s face it: The niiqab, tri-qab, whatever-qab and burqa are only about making a statement and a provocation, not really about being modest. Last time I was in OSLO, I saw a girl who didn’t even come up to my knee (three years old) wrapped up in this ugly head-bandage. What, an infant has to dress MODESTLY??

    Back to Saudi Arabia: We MUST cut off the lifeblood of this pre-historic nation! Every time you put petrol in your car, you’re paying for this kind of thing, the beheading of an abused slave, one of the 0.01% who fought back. Don’t give them any more money. They use it only for evil.

  4. Hard to separate the whole thing into sections. It’s still the same customs, the same book, the same barbary

    An Afghani couple in their 40’s are being extradited from Sweden, for life, after killing a 21 year old man with a baseball bat, and scalping and hacking him with a knife. The woman took her kitchen part by boiling the oil for scalding the young Abbas during the night of 16 November 2005. Abbas had shown interest in their daughter Zara (16).

    The verdict from the Göta court

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