Boy yesterday was a real test of patience.
Somehow I kept my good humour
The maid wants to go back even though she has not completed her 2 year contract.
We said ok, and bought her ticket
And then we discovered that for her to come back from Indonesia to Malaysia after her holidays, she needs this thing called Kartu Tenaga Kerja Luar Negara. This thing is a card, which is blinking useless in Malaysia, only needed by the Indonesian government before they let their people leave the country for purpose of work. Why they are so sebok about what the workers are going to do in malaysia once they leave the country god knows But anyway!
So we started the process- we bought her local insurance and then bought her Indonesian insurance. The indonesian insurance was bought near the Indonesian embassy, at the old Passage to India site. The guys there saw her passport, not a single peep about it not being allright or any difficulty or anything
So off we went , armed with all the photocopies etc, and waited at the Indonesian embassy.
Waited to discover, that we were waiting at the wrong line. Asked at the counter and they told me, oh I need a number, please go to like, the OTHER side of the embassy please to get the number. Got the number, found out (after asking) where to wait. Ever heard of SIGNBOARDS? evidently not.
Waited like 3 hours, me, other half and sophia, who was with us because she was ill and therefore NOT in the mood to wait. Maid too
After so long, we were finally called. At 5
Then we were told. sorry, she cannot do this card as she has JP visa
Now, come on
Dont they know that if she is here the likelihood of her having JP visa is very high??
And didn't they see me waiting 5 hours??
got no heart ah
Anyway rules are rules. so now I have to think how lah
JP visa- cannot make the card.
Unless I ask someone to do it and pay somemore.
Do I risk sending her back?
She is now saying- never mind lah, she also dont want to go back like this. the officer said to rayu (appeal) once in Bandung, ie get the Kartu there, but no guarantee can get the Kartu! If no Kartu, no coming back!
So effectively, Indonesians with a valid passport , are not allowed to leave their country. Malaysians don't care, you have Kartu, ke, kelkatu ke, our government has made us run through enough hoops so they are happy. Now the Indonesian government's turn to make us pening.
If only mom taught me how to mop when I was younger...this would not be an issue....