Tag: maids

Charity for foreign domestic workers throws birthday party for maids at its Singapore bicentennial celebration

Singapore— A charity aimed to upskill domestic helpers held a party not only in honour of the country’s bicentennial and National Day, but to also celebrate the domestic helpers who are part of our daily life. There was also a special birthday cake for the...

Local cleaning business owner says Govt is not doing enough to protect businesses from maids who take up jobs on their off days

A local cleaning business owner has blasted Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) who illegally take up cleaning jobs on their off days and has asked what the authorities are doing to protect legitimate businesses from such workers. Sekaran Rengiah, who aired these grievances on social media,...

Plight of maids grows more complex with added caregiver duties on top of mistreatment and criminal activity

Recent events of maids' involvement in criminal activity, mistreatment of maids by employers, and now additional caregiving duties have compounded the already complex situation of maids working in Singapore. In a letter to the media, Daniel Tan, the Vice President of the Caregiving Welfare Association, addresses...

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...

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...

Ugly Conservatives

Being liberal in conservative Singapore isn’t easy. You can upset people you are familiar with if you espouse ideas of equality and freedom on the various aspects of life. Liberals, regularly criticised by the closed-minded, quickly realise that their views will never be accorded...

The Dark Side of Maids

Madam Loh Ah Lek, 87, speaks fluent Malay and a smattering of Teochew; hence her preference for an Indonesian maid. After spending close to an hour screening the list of maids and going through their resumes at the employment agency, she finally settled on Dewi,...

Maids: Talk to them, trust them and give them a break

Overworked and stressed – that is the plight of most maids working in Singapore. Along with the struggles to meet their employers' demands and expectations, some maids have reacted by going from one extreme to another, including suicide and murdering their employers or family members. To...