A Kuwaiti social media star and make-up artist received a tremendous amount of criticisms on Social media after she publicly opposed the new policies of Kuwait to protect the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers.
In her Twitter video, Sondos Al Qattan expressed her disappointment over the new policies of the Kuwaiti government which giving more privileges and day-off to Filipino workers.
She said that she doesn’t want to hire Filipino “servants” anymore because of the new policies that giving the employee to get his/her passport from her employer and to have a once a week day off.
“I don’t want to hire Filipino maids anymore,” Al Qattan said in her video.
The social media star explained that a servant should give their passport to their employer so it would prevent them from escaping the country.
“How can you have a ‘servant’ in your house who gets to keep their passport with them? If they ran away and went back to their country, who will refund me?” Al Qattan said in the video.
The statements from Al Qattan sparked outrage, not only to the Filipino community but to the other countries who believe that what the social media said is absolutely wrong.
“You are a disgusting human!! Shame on you! And Shame on the people that raised you! How you can sleep at night is beyond me!” Sumaiyashoja told Al Qattan on her Instagram account.
“1 day off every week? Please you sound so spoiled and ignorant. It should be 2 days off!” Aouse K Al Anee said in his post.
A Filipino also expressed her sadness after seeing how the social media star treated the Filipinos as “slave”.
“As a Filipino, I am saddened to hear this news. If these people have a choice, they wouldn’t choose to go there and work abroad away from their family. It’s just that, even they work hard, they don’t have the opportunity. If you treat us right, we will treat you BETTER. What this woman said was too inhumane and I hope she’ll give her an apology. Also, as a social media influencer, you should be a good example. You might just be imposing your opinion but for me, it wasn’t morally right. No matter how diverse we are from beliefs and practices, we should always put our feet on the ground and do the right thing.” Meecha Toverada remarked.
Tovedara also told the other netizens on how OFWs sacrificed their lives and time just to serve other people in other countries to feed their family.
“Some Filipina workers died without seeing their family. She has no idea how these people suffer from the pain of losing someone who will nevet get back. She has no idea of the injustices happening around her. She has no idea how these people were abused and was not given any sympathy. I hope one day, this woman, will be aware how hard it is to risk yourself for your family just for them to survive.” she said.
In the past months, the relationship between the Filipino and Kuwaiti government went bitter because of the case of Joanna Demafelis, the OFW who found dead inside a freezer.
This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a deployment ban in Kuwait.
Fortunately, Kuwaiti government followed the demands of the Duterte, like giving day-off to the Filipino workers and forbid the employers from confiscating the passports of OFWs.
There are 260,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait.
This is not the first time that a famous personality in Middle-east receives criticisms from Filipino community.
Several months ago, Jordanian actress Mais Hamdam has been also criticized on social media for making fun of some Filipinos that she encountered.
She quickly apologized to the Filipino community and explained that she didn’t mean to offend anyone.