Tag: domestic helpers

Jolovan Wham: Leticia in MOM video is “the Filipino domestic worker equivalent of brown face”

Singapore—Fresh on the heels of the E-Pay-Preetipls controversy which started with an advertisement getting called out for using a Singaporean of Chinese descent in brown face, activist Jolovan Wham pointed out in a Facebook post that Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower is doing the same...

Netizens sympathetic toward illegal hawker selling bakso near City Plaza

An Indonesian woman in Singapore posted a video and some photos on Facebook of an arrest made in Paya Lebar, at City Plaza. In it are a police and some National Environment Agency (NEA) officers, standing in the outside area under some trees, surrounded...

Domestic helpers need not get employers’ permission before taking out loans: MOM

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Senior Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling has expressed that there are no plans to require foreign domestic workers to get permission from their employers before taking out loans for legal moneylenders, since this may just cause more problems in the...

Maid commits suicide after being locked up for three months straight

Fashion designer Lisa Von Tang took to Facebook over the weekend to bring to light a rather rampant issue – the abuse of domestic helpers. In her post, story of how her helper’s “friend's cousin died yesterday, after having been locked up by her...

Employer yells at and humiliates maid in public for giving child a biscuit

A video of an employer yelling at her domestic helper for giving her son a biscuit has made rounds through the Internet and social media. Not only does the lady scream at her helper at the top of her lungs, she does so in...

Maid uses employer’s address and contact to borrow from loansharks, employer gripes that police apparently says this is legal

Netizen Ironman Apek took to the Facebook page Complaint Singapore yesterday, September 10, to complain about his domestic helper, who had used his address and hp number when she borrowed money from both legal and illegal moneylenders.  His troubles began when a loan shark...

Netizens on the social lives of maids and banglas: “Leave them alone!”, “Mind your own business!”

On the Facebook page All Singapore Stuff, a video entitled "Maids and Bangla Mixing It Up" was posted late Monday morning (September 10). The clip, which is a little more than a minute long, shows couples picnicking and seeming to behave rather intimately, reportedly...

Maids have dreams, don’t destroy them

Rebecca Bustamante was 19 when she came to Singapore. Her story started like those of the domestic helpers featured in The Sunday Times last week. They worked as maids in Singapore, while taking up courses during their days off. But she was exceptional. Today, turning 48...