Monday, December 21, 2009

Big Increase in Crimes by Women in the United Arab Emirates

While browsing some English newspapers at a nearby grocery, today's Khaleej Times headline suddenly captured my attention.

I was astonished to read the report. Unbelievable indeed. However, the report is very general and does not detail out the statistics on nationalities. By mentioning 'Asian', or 'Arab' does not help to identify the demography as Asian can mean half of world's population.

It is good to be aware of the offenses by these criminals for precautionary measures. Women are humans too.

Big Increase in Crimes by Women
Amira Agarib

21 December 2009,
From stealing Dh3 m worth of make-up items to the violent torture and murder of a man, an increasing number of crimes committed by women have come to light in the recent past.

This year, women were involved in 2,738 crimes, up from 1,645 crimes in 2008, according to a study conducted by the General Department of Criminal Control, Dubai Police.

Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director of Criminal Investigation Department, said police found that women were competing with men in committing crimes, even perpetrating cruel and violent acts of revenge.

“In the past, women only committed misdemeanour crimes, but now we find them involved in serious crimes,” Al Mansouri pointed out. “Some women have set up gangs and are not just playing minor roles in gangs composed of men.”

Among the most common crimes committed by women were snatching and road rage attacks on other women.

Al Mansouri said women criminals often had modus operandi different from those used by men.

“They are usually involved in exploiting people’s emotions, especially when carrying out thefts,” said Al Mansouri.

Major Jamal Al Jalaf, Director of General Department of Criminal Control, said some women acted aggressively when committing crimes.

He cited the example of two Asian women who were convicted of killing an Asian man with whom they had relationships. After they discovered he had relations with a third woman, they tortured him with sharp tools, leading to his death.

Al Jalaf said many women, especially housemaids who became pregnant out of wedlock, killed their new-born babies.

He also referred to a case where a mother allegedly burnt her daughter by pouring a chemical over her when the girl insisted on marrying a man her mother had rejected. The girl’s head, face and hands were badly burnt.

He said women are also involved in prostitution, other sex crimes and drug abuse.

Women’s involvement in thefts, too, is quite common, especially in theft of mobile phones belonging to roommates or from visitors to malls.

Al Jalaf said that women’s gangs used smart techniques to carry out thefts from shops, especially from beauty products shops.

“A woman stole make-up brushes worth Dh42,000,” Al Jalaf said. “Forty-nine cases were reported against her and she had stolen make-up items worth Dh3 million.”

In another case, a gang of three to four women targeted a number of shopping malls. Two of them would steal perfumes and cosmetics and flee after passing the stolen items to the other pair waiting in a taxi outside the mall.

The women were arrested and police found that one of the women had stolen make-up material worth Dh5,000 to boast to her friends that she had branded items.

In one of the cases, a 20-year-old woman stole men’s perfumes and pyjamas for her boyfriend. She was caught before she could present the stolen items to the man she loved.

In some cases, women criminals targeted men, beat them up and fled after snatching valuables. Women are not lagging behind their male counterparts in cases of fraud and cheating.

Al Jalaf said a woman was held for cheating people by collecting millions of dirhams through fake online investment schemes. There were also offences in which some women were found to have used electronic means — SMS and email — to damage the reputation of other women.

The Gap between 50 Richest and 140 million Poorest Arabs

The list shows that the average fortune of the top 50 has risen to $4.14bn. In total, the top 50 now hold between them $207bn – a rise of almost four percent on last year.

The world's fifty richest Arab businessmen and woman are worth $207bn, which is an incredible figure, even before you consider that somehow or other they have contrived to squeeze an extra $4.5bn (on last year's figure) out of the last twelve months - a time which historians will one day refer to as the decade when capitalism broke.

And compare the gap between these 50 richest Arabs with millions other Arabs living under poverty, which is on average reaching 40% of total Arab population.

Wondering if these richest Arabs pay their zakats, would the poors benefit?

140 million Arabs live in poverty: UN

CAIRO - Nearly 140 million Arabs live below the poverty line, according to a report published Sunday by the United Nations Development Program and the Arab League.
The joint report stressed “there has been no decrease in the rates of poverty in the Arab region over the past 20 years,” with some countries actually showing an increase. “Overall poverty remains high, reaching up to 40 percent on average, which means that nearly 140 million Arabs continue to live under the upper poverty line.”

The document entitled “Development Challenges for the Arab Region: A Human Development Approach” also indicated youth unemployment was “the highest in the world” in Arab countries.
“The proportion of young people of the total unemployed population is more than 50 percent for most Arab countries,” it said.

The challenge for Arab countries was to provide “51 million new jobs over the next 10 years,” which would not reduce unemployment but “contribute to preventing its increase and maintaining it at current levels until 2020.”

The report was drafted ahead of a world summit in September next year to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Millennium Goals when world leaders pledged to reduce poverty and hunger by half by 2015

Arab Paper: Indonesia Claims Growing Maids Mistreatment in Malaysia

The below news mentions that In June this year, Indonesia stopped sending its workers — mainly maids and farm workers — to Malaysia because of the growing number of complaints of mistreatment at the hands of Malaysian employers

I think our embassy in Riyadh or Wisma Putera should do something about this, esp with the right statistics on the number of Indonesia maids working and the number of mistreatment reported or charged to the court so far.

We have millions of Indonesians working both legally and illegally on our shores. A lot of Malaysians are also Indonesia descendants, including our current prime minister whose proud to claim himself a Bugis descendant of Sulawesi.

There are bad employers, who are very bad with inhumane torture cases and some unscrupulous employers as well as enforcement officers who take advantage of the Indonesian migrants.

There are bad Indonesian migrants who are die-hard criminals, robbers, rapists, murderers etc who are problems to our security and environment. They are common features in our crime scenes almost everyday.
I believe the problem escalated with weak enforcement and CORRUPTIONS from the highest level of authorities to police or RELA men prowling for some pocket money.

Indonesia promotes skilled, semi-skilled work force
Arab News

JEDDAH: In a bid to change the general perception that its work force consists only of maids, drivers and other unskilled labor, the Indonesian government has launched a campaign to promote its skilled and semi-skilled work force.

Officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Labor are currently touring the Middle East with this mission. One such delegation concluded its visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The six-member team, consisting of manpower experts, consultants and government officials, arrived here after visiting Turkey and Sudan.

On Saturday, the team visited the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and held discussions with Mustafa Sabri, the JCCI secretary-general, and owners of recruitment offices.

Djoko A. Rahardjo, consul at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, said Jakarta has identified nine sectors in which skilled and semi-skilled labor could be sent to Saudi Arabia. These sectors are construction, hospitality, oil and gas, transportation, medical, maritime, manufacture, agriculture and IT.

“Businessmen and private companies in the Gulf think that they can get only house servants from Indonesia but this is not true. We have a lot of skilled workers in different sectors,” said Ramli Saud, a delegation member who is vice president of the Indonesian Labor Authority for Foreign Affairs.

“We are ready to provide our services to the private sector in the Kingdom to export specialized labor in various sectors. The Ministry of Labor in Indonesia is ready to sign a unified contract for this purpose in line with the regulations of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry,” he said.

Saud said the economic relations between the two countries had made great strides as a result of the joint-commission meetings. The last meeting was held in Riyadh on Aug. 30-31, which called for increasing trade and investment exchange and making use of the expertise of both countries. Rahardjo, who accompanied the delegation to the JCCI, said officials spoke about Indonesians’ communication skills, especially English and Arabic. According to him, English was not a problem as Indonesians learn the language during their studies and that there are institutions that give special language training to improve communication skills. A good number of them learn Arabic as well.

In June this year, Indonesia stopped sending its workers — mainly maids and farm workers — to Malaysia because of the growing number of complaints of mistreatment at the hands of Malaysian employers. “We have no such plan for Saudi Arabia. But we definitely want to reduce the number of maids from our country and replace them with skilled and semi-skilled labor,” said Rahardjo.

According to him, there are one million Indonesians in the Kingdom but 90 percent of them are unskilled. “It gives the impression that we don’t produce professionals or qualified personnel which is untrue. Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and even the United States host good number of skilled workers from Indonesia,” he said.

Saudi Arabia has requested Indonesia to thoroughly brief their people on the Saudi culture and regulations before leaving for the Kingdom. Responding to this, said Rahardjo, Jakarta has tightened rules for labor export.

— With input from

Shaheen Nazar & Galal Fakkar