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    » 08/18/2010, 00.00

    MALAYSIA - INDONESIA

    Kuala Lumpur: No minimum wage for foreign workers

    Jeremy Lim

    The Malaysian government does not intend to adopt Indonesia’s proposal for a "minimum wage” for domestic workers in the country. At least 300 thousand foreign workers in Malaysia, subjected to violence and discrimination.

    Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews) - The government in Kuala Lumpur has no intention of adopting the proposed "minimum wage" of 250 dollars per month that Indonesia has asked for its workers engaged as domestic servants in Malaysia. The request is equal to twice the average wage received by approximately 300 thousand Indonesian domestic workers employed in the country.

    Jakarta has prohibited its citizens from working for employers in Malaysia, after new cases of abuse were revealed last June. According to the Indonesian government, every year at least 1,000 workers suffer harassment in the country. For its part, Kuala Lumpur talks about "no more than 50 cases" every year.

    The Malaysian Minister for Human Resources, S. Subramaniam, however, explains that " Malaysia does not have a minimum wage structure and we feel that wages should be based on market forces. The politician adds, " it is unfair to set a minimum wage for domestic workers from Indonesia if it is not done across the board for other industries "

    However, even if the two governments have not yet agreed on the issue, there are improvements in living conditions of women workers: after the scandals linked to harassment, now the Indonesian women have the right to carry their passport and have one day off per week.  

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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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