Some domestic helpers working in Singapore have taken issue with television personality Michelle Chong’s impression of a helper, as presented in a new video sponsored by the Ministry of Manpower.
The video is aimed to make employers and helpers aware that employers are not allowed to hold their helpers’ pay for them. To help illustrate this, Chong takes on her famous role of ‘Leticia Bongnino’ – a character she has previously played on popular satire show, The Noose:
Leticia Bongnino is back after 5 years and her Mam is keeping her salary. Special thanks: Singapore Ministry of Manpower
Posted by Michelle Chong on Monday, 15 January 2018
While some helpers responding to the video appreciated the content of the video and Chong’s performance as being beneficial for both employers and helpers, others criticised the way she spoke.
These helpers felt that the “ridiculous” accent Chong used was not reflective of how helpers really speak and added that she is just trying too hard to be funny: