Just recently, a video sparked outrage online after Kuwaiti influencer publicly complained regarding the law that allows Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to keep their passports and have a one day off, as stated on the memorandum of understanding which was recently signed by the Kuwaiti government and the Philippine government.
The Kuwaiti national was identified as Sondos Alqattan, beauty guru, and makeup artist. It can be seen in the video how he totally dislikes the new law and even stated, “I don’t want a Filipino maid anymore.” The video was then uploaded and translated by TRT News, a Turkey-based media.
“But how can you have a ‘servant’ in your house who gets to keep their passports with them?” Alqattan stated. “If they ran away and went back to their country, who’ll refund me?”
Alqattan seemed to be pretty pissed off as she continued, “And what’s worse is that they have one day off every week?”
However, netizens were not that amazed at the Alqattan’s remarks. Twitter user Haawa, said that the social media influencer blocked her on Instagram and made sure that she will trend on Facebook and Twitter for her negative comments towards Filipino maids.
“You’re so full of yourself this Filipino maid that you call slaves are better than you,” says Twitter user Natalie Cole Sprouse.
“This woman sondos alqattan is not a human being. She thinks of herself highly that she wants the Filipino workers to be treated as her slaves. If you treat your household helper fairly there is no reason for you to be scared of your helper running away,” says Jennelyn Martinez.
Moreover, Migrant group Migrante International demanded an apology from Alqattan.
“By protecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and a false sense of superiority,” Migrante said.