4 Dec 2013

Maid/FDW's dental and medical


I've migrated this blog but I know some people are still browsing this by keyword searching. Noticed I've not created a topic on Maid/FDW's dental and medical so I would like to make this as the last topic for this blog.


This is the result of unfair MOM policy. There's no cap on employer's medical liability based on insurance purchased. We are merely a salaried person cum employer, a full-time working employee, didn't own a company or earning as much as PM Lee. If FDW is really unwell or unable to work, she should be sent home and not remain in Spore. If anybody disagrees and think FDW is so poor thing, I'd like to know if this is your maid, are you paying S$93,000? Who should be defined as poor thing? Of course it is the FDW's employer!

This illness which probably is hereditary and certainly not due to an injury sustained at work so employer shouldn't be made responsible for the costs. Do all employers (companies) in Singapore pay for ALL its employee's medical expenses? Of course not, there are terms and conditions. Alternatively, look at your own medical insurance, there are also claim limits. There's no such thing as buying a medical insurance and expect the policy to cover everything. This is insane but MOM doesn't want to do something to stop employers from 'bleeding' unnecessarily. Should her country's government be aiding maid's treatment? Or the activists such as HOME help this maid? You want to play angels and talk a lot on humanity, this is the right time to show you care for the 'less fortunate' ... don't talk or comment just for show!

Maid's employer hit by $93,000 medical bill, New Paper, 7 Oct
Employer was straining under the trauma of her husband’s heart surgery when she was hit with a second whammy, one that cost her more than $90,000. Madam Jameela Bee Mohd’s husband was at Changi General Hospital when her maid was hit by toxic epidermal necrolysis, a rare and life-threatening skin condition.

The maid, Miss Nur Umaroh Karwiyahmukhlis, contracted the condition after she sought treatment for gum pain in late April. A few days later, the 26-year-old was in the intensive care unit of Singapore General Hospital fighting for her life.
On May 30 — 33 days later — she recovered, was discharged and returned to Indonesia, leaving her former employer with a medical bill of about $93,000.



This morning, the thought of huge medical or dental (not related to work) falling on my head due to maid, a person who is merely a FDW, employed by a low salaried employee cum FDW’s employer, what can I do?

MOM will insist I must pay although it is extremely unfair.
Who earns as much as PM Lee or ministers, activists and decision makers do not care.
How many earning $10,000 each month and how many employers of maids earned only 1000 to S$3000 per month? Nobody cares to feel and worry for us.
To be a FDW’s employer, that household must have a combine salary of at least $2500 per month.


As a maid’s employer, if MOM is forcing me to pay something ridiculous, I would rather give them my life... I refuse to accept a more miserable life. The fact in Spore is, my life is worthless because we’re not the elites. My life is not precious, incomparable to good life FDW - I don’t get 100% dental and medical from my company yet the FDW gets everything and need not work very hard to KEEP a JOB. Makes no sense. My 贱命is insignificant and will just cause agony to me and family. Preachers will continue to have fun toying with my life and making it more miserable.


If such a day (huge unfair cost befalls) has to happen, I’ll give you my life. I have enough of all these man-made problems, can be solved or lightened but decision makers can't be bothered to look at us .... sincerely and in-depth!

To avoid my family becoming your targets (cost centre), I will leave a death instruction to state clearly, I am not anybody’s wife, mother, daughter or sister. Nobody is related to me and should be held responsible. Let my dead body rots, stinks and irks (I will not die in my own house). I don’t care nor available to care. 要鞭尸或弃置荒野 我无所谓.

Note: This is not a death threat to the Spore govt/MOM. Don’t anyhow accuse me.

It is my only way of showing the definition of unfairness and life is not rosy. I have decided to stop complaining and put up a tough fight …. Got it? When the ceiling wants to crush me, stand there, why should I run for my life when there’s no safe land?

If anybody says why kill myself (and get my girl involved) over a trivial amount/matter … h-e-l-l-o, this is not small money/issue, am I not clear enough? I’m using my life to highlight this fact! I want people to know my life (and my girl’s) means nothing when compared to a maid and it is definitely worth less than S$93,000, not even $1000.

If giving up my life and my daughter’s would please some people, eg activists, maid-protectors, why not? 造福人群,不伟大吗? What for cling on to dear life when I kept being hit/ignored, as a FDW’s employer and a special needs parent?

At least those so call good and kind people which means the activists, maid-protectors, know somebody has been cornered by them and living worse than FDWs.

I will print this post together with my death instruction so that people know this is not a wilful or insensible decision. It is my way to die with dignity and highlight about unfairness. This thought was ‘brewing’ since the day I started facing unsuitable helpers (maids). It didn’t happen suddenly. From the day this post is released into the cyberworld, let people with eyes see, I am Winter, owner of this site and have been facing unfairness for not only one month or one year. People in the safety net are saved but I’m given the slip.



Is it right to make employer as the milking cow, be exploited instead?

Pay fine to feed the 'shake legs people' or fatten some people's pocket? No way, over my dead body!


Be jailed? If I don't have a special needs child, have free food and lodging ... not a bad idea. But with a special needs child, who will care for her, monitor the next maid? I'm sure daddy will be busy making ends meet because he became the sole breadwinner. So?

Commit suicide .... best option! I DON'T ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE SO NEGATIVE or depressed. I am sure you've a better future and lights 前途光明, whereas, I don't!! I am not selling the idea of dying is the best solution.

I'm not cruel, this is life, the harsh fact! I want to survive, stay employable but with all the odds ... no thanks, kindly give me freedom to die... I can't go on.

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18 Nov 2013

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Cambodia Maid

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The trial to hire Cambodian maid is in slow progress. Six authorized agents can bring in a total of 400 workers but because of the slow recruitment by local agents, Cambodian maids who have come to Spore who have reached Spore were only about 20% of the intended strength.

Maid Agencies originally estimated the first batch of Cambodian maids to start from June. While many employers wished to employ Cambodian maids, some even have placed a deposit but supply was delayed till around the end of August. Some agents have less than five Cambodian maids so the originally interested Cambodian maid's employers are unwilling to wait any longer, have decided to hire maids from other source countries.

Cambodia is a new source country for supply of domestic helpers. In January this year, the Ministry of Manpower has invited maid agencies to participate in this pilot scheme. These six selected operators will recruit FDWs from Cambodia within this six months. Maid agents shall collect feedback from employers who have participated in the pilot scheme so that MOM can decide whether to approve Cambodia as a source country to supply FDWs.

AEAS has proposed to MOM for the hiring of Cambodian maids in year 2004 but MOM was reluctant due to the local women's education level wasn’t high – failed to meet minimum eight years of formal education and possesses the necessary educational certificates as documentary proof of her education . Due to the maid agencies’ repeated requests, MOM decided to launch a pilot scheme and assess whether Cambodian maids are suitable as domestic helpers.

One agency has only brought in one worker since the programme kicked off in May, while the other two said they have brought in “a handful”. Their counterparts in Cambodia claim “political strife” was limiting their ability to send workers here, the agencies said.

“The crux of the problem is that there are only three agencies in Cambodia for this pilot, so supply is rigidly controlled and we are at their discretion,” said Mr Ronnie Toh, owner of A C Toh Enterprises, one of the six participating agencies. “It is quite frustrating, because we are hungry for the workers, and they are all good and well-trained,” he added.The trial to hire Cambodian maid is in slow progress. Six authorized agents can bring in a total of 400 workers but because of the slow recruitment by local agents, Cambodian maids who have come to Spore who have reached Spore were only about 20% of the intended strength.

Maid Agencies originally estimated the first batch of Cambodian maids to start from June. While many employers wished to employ Cambodian maids, some even have placed a deposit but supply was delayed till around the end of August. Some agents have less than five Cambodian maids so the originally interested Cambodian maid's employers are unwilling to wait any longer, have decided to hire maids from other source countries.

Cambodia is a new source country for supply of domestic helpers. In January this year, the Ministry of Manpower has invited maid agencies to participate in this pilot scheme. These six selected operators will recruit FDWs from Cambodia within this six months. Maid agents shall collect feedback from employers who have participated in the pilot scheme so that MOM can decide whether to approve Cambodia as a source country to supply FDWs.

“The selection of Cambodian recruitment agencies is solely the prerogative of the Cambodian government. The MOM will not interfere in the domestic FDW supply processes in Cambodia, as this constitutes part of the ground situation for a realistic assessment of Cambodia as a potential new source of FDWs.”

Inter-Mares maid agency head Chen Jiaxiang lamented that his agency has no Cambodian maids. Till date, he is still waiting for local agency to make arrangements. He added that the approved local maid agency in Cambodia were only three, thus, restricted the supply of maids.

Ms Connie Sim of Prestige Management Services, another participating agency, said the trickle of maids from Cambodia is understandable. “Singapore has very high standards for domestic workers, so we’re looking at hiring those who have had experience in Malaysia,” she noted. “It’s a pilot project, and we want to make sure the girls are well taken care of and proper regulations followed.”

The agencies suggested that more agencies in Cambodia be roped into the programme to boost supply. The pilot is scheduled to run until 2015. If successful, Cambodia could be added to the MOM’s list of approved source countries and territories for maids, lowering Singapore’s dependence on maids from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Responding to queries, an MOM spokesperson said: “The objective of the pilot scheme is to assess if Cambodian foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are suitable to work in Singapore households, and Cambodia as a viable source country.

“The selection of Cambodian recruitment agencies is solely the prerogative of the Cambodian government. The MOM will not interfere in the domestic FDW supply processes in Cambodia, as this constitutes part of the ground situation for a realistic assessment of Cambodia as a potential new source of FDWs.”

Other maid agency who have participated in the pilot scheme are Skills & Resources and Unique Agency. A total of more than 30 maid agencies enrolled but only six were selected.


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23 Sep - Cambodian maids raring to go, Straits Times, 22 Sep
At 5am, without any alarm clock going off, a dozen Cambodian maids wake up with near-military precision. Over the next hour, the women sweep, wash and scrub spotless their two-storey training centre in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

They all want to be maids in Singapore, eager to earn enough to supplement their families’ meagre income. A handful arrived in Singapore homes last week, and about 400 are expected by the end of the year. Cambodian maids are being allowed into Singapore for the first time, under a Manpower Ministry pilot scheme. The authorities will monitor how well they adapt to life here and if all goes well, Cambodia will be added to the list of approved sources for maids, joining countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Maid agencies in Singapore said demand for Cambodians has been heating up. About 40 employers have placed deposits of about S$500 each to secure a worker, said Nation Employment’s managing director Gary Chin. “Employers are interested in Cambodian maids because many have experience working in Malaysia,” he said.

The women are eager to escape poverty at home. Jobs for women in Cambodia are limited mostly to working in factories or as maids, and both jobs pay barely US$120 a month. As maids in Singapore, they can expect at least S$450 a month.

The jobs come at a cost though. The women pay S$2,400 in placement fees to recruitment agents and expect to clear the debt in instalments over six months. The women hope that what they earn in Singapore will allow them to buy farmland, renovate village homes and put their younger siblings through school.

Among those heading to Singa­pore is Mork Banou, 23. The eldest of five children, she went to Malaysia to work as a maid in 2009, speaking almost no English. Determined to improve, she studied by herself every night, memorising and reading English words aloud. Within three months, she was getting by in English.

Many of the women said they managed to save more than S$10,000 after their stints in Malaysia. Thol Sreymach, 26, said she saved $15,000 after working there for four years and it went towards the school fees and living expenses of her four younger sisters. She hopes to save even more after she arrives in Singapore later this month.

But labour activists in Cambodia worry that the women will have problems adjusting to life in Singapore and that Singapore employers will be frustrated by the women’s weak command of English. “The life in Singapore is so different from village life. The domestic workers will face difficulties in adapting,” said activist Mom Sokchar. For now, women like Banou are looking forward to their new lives in Singapore. “Working in Singapore will help my family get a better life,” she said.


2 Sep - Cambodian maid pilot project is finalized. A total of 400 Cambodian maids expected to arrive by end of this month. MOM invited operators to take part in the pilot scheme at the beginning of this year and in April, selected 6 maid agencies. Cambodian maids were supposed to arrive in July but delayed for 2 months. Their arrival will help to ease the demand for maids. Currently, out of 200,000 FDWs, 70,000 are Filipinos.

Cambodian maid's starting salary will be at least $450 per month, the same as Indonesian maid. Most of the Cambodian maids are ex-Malaysia so they have relevant working experience and can speak a bit of English or Malay. Employers do not need to pay for maid’s placement fee because the maids will be paying their placement fee thru monthly installment. It is estimated that employers are required to pay maid agency around $1600 – non refundable.


Winter: This is great, employer need not fork out one-time maid loan because placement will be paid with loan from finance firm. I doubt maid agencies willing to earn lesser and chase maid for payment.  End of the day, still made employers foot maid loan for their convenience. I'm willing to hire an experience Cambodian maid at S$450 if she has learnt to speak some Mandarin and English. I can't speak Malay so if she can only understand mother tougue and Malay... end up like another M, chicken and duck, no way.

It looks better to get Cambodia maids because they are uncommon in Spore .... 400 Cambodian FDWs vs the influential Filipino and Indonesian FDWs.... don't you think it is better? But to pay an inexperienced Cambodian maid minimum S$420, higher than Myanmese, both nationalities known to be unable to communicate in basic English, how to work with them? 

I must admit, I am not an ideal employer who has patience to train FDW, enjoy a chicken & duck relationship and leave my girl alone with a her, expect her to learn, be smart and independant like Filipinos ... with one month intensive training.  Spent 4 months with M (my ex-Indonesian maid), I realised Indonesians are known to be slow by nature, not easy to re-programme them to work faster... most FDWs (in fact ... all nationalities) do not desperately need a job, there's nothing to drive them to work harder and faster (productive).  The MOM policies are to their advantage.  Employers cannot simply fire any FDW, absorb the losses of FDW who refuse to perform (not that she cannot do a proper job, she just stubbornly refused to co-operative thinking that's part of her human rights), as per job requirements.

Visit Nation and pay $1800 as agency fee, crazy, just like daylight robbery! 

Pay more do not mean employers will get trained and maids of better quality cum ideal working attitude.  Employers .... I forsee are just paying more but getting more headaches and unfair treatment!  The sad fact is our MOM is all the way backing the maid agents and FDWs.... helping and collaborated with them to milk the employers in whichever way they fancy!
 
Note: In October 2011, Prime Minister Hun Sen banned the sending of Cambodian domestic workers to Malaysia after mounting reports of abuse and inhumane working conditions.  But Cambodian maids are still entering Malaysia despite ban, believe these Cambodian women arrived in Malaysia to work through third countries.  Now that Spore is better option for Cambodian FDW, I believe more will come thru maid agencies.  No matter what, when compared to Myanmese maids, their English equally bad but if they had experience in Malaysia, it makes these ex-Malaysia FDWs more desireable.  Given an option, I don't want to employ Filipino or Indonesian because they are too common in Spore.  The moment you step out of your house, you get to meet either a Filipino or Indonesian maid.  If there's a suitable ex-Malaysia maid, understands English and wants to be employed by me to look after my girl, I will definitely hire her.  What I need is a good helper, not somebody so yaya, untrainable, thought I owe her a good life in Spore and tried all means to manage me. 

We need more source countries. Believe many employers feel the same as me, we do not want Filipinos or Indonesians to think they are the only maids available, thought they are the best and we must give in to their demands in order to employ them.  The source countries and maids must know we, FDW's Employers have plenty of choices so we need MOM help us by stop being so pro-maid, over friendly to Philippines and Indonesia.  MOM has to safeguard our interests, we are the citizens, MOM must remember this!   By treating FDWs more human than us, treat us like ATM machines, PAP think you deserve our votes for the next election?  I don't want to sound so anti-govt but do I have a choice?  Have you been kind to me all these years?  Either as FDW's employer or a special needs parent, I can't feel your concern.



Cambodian maids to earn at least $420 a month    source

Placement fee will be paid with loan from finance firm, not by employer
Published on May 30, 2013, Straits Times 
Some of the maids the Singapore agents met at a training centre in Phnom Penh earlier this month. The agents were told that there are 14,000 Cambodian maids who have returned home from Malaysia. -- PHOTO: NATION EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
SALARIES which start at $420, and no placement fees from employers.
These proposals were part of a document the Cambodian government sent to selected maid agents, as Singapore moves ahead with a pilot scheme to see how well Cambodian maids adapt to life here.
The scheme, which runs until the end of 2015, will see its first batch of 400 maids arrive in July this year.

Cambodia has proposed employment terms for these maids in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was sent this week to the six maid agents picked by the Manpower Ministry to recruit the maids.
Workers with no experience will get a minimum of $420 a month.

Those with experience will be paid at least $450. If the maid works on all her four rest days each month, she has to be paid another $70.

Also, employers will not have to pay the maid's placement fees upfront, similar to the recruitment scheme Jakarta introduced for Indonesian maids last year.
Under the previous system, employers paid these fees, and recoup them by deducting from the maid's monthly salary.

Instead, the placement fees, which will amount to around $2,500 and include the cost of training and profit for agents, will be paid for by loans from a Cambodian financial firm. The maids will repay the loans through monthly instalments.

The Singapore agents told The Straits Times that the terms were on a par with those for Indonesian and Filipino maids, who make up the bulk of domestic workers in Singapore. Monthly salaries for Indonesian maids start at $450, while Filipino maids get at least $500. The Straits Times understands that the agents will sign the MOU by next week.

Nation Employment managing director Gary Chin, who travelled with the five other Singapore agents to Phnom Penh earlier this month, was impressed by the maids he met. "Their English is quite good. Some spoke Mandarin and Chinese dialects which they picked up from working in Malaysia," he said.

The agents were told that there are 14,000 Cambodian maids who have returned home from Malaysia, which has been employing Cambodian maids for nearly a decade, and can come here to work.
Still, some industry players have questioned the proposed loan scheme for placement fees. They feel it is unlikely that any finance firm in Cambodia would be interested in the project because of its relatively small scale.

Ms Bridget Tan, chief executive of the foreign workers' group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), said the $2,500 fee was excessive. The fee's profit margin will be split between the Singapore and Cambodian agents.
"It probably takes just $200 or so to train and provide accommodation for the maids. The cost of living in Cambodia is quite low," she said, urging agents to lower their profits

Meanwhile, the Singapore agents have started to offer Cambodian maids here.
Nation Employment has a handful of employers who have already paid agency fees of about $1,800 to ensure that they get a maid by July.
One of them is accountant E. Lee, 54. She said: "I think Cambodian maids can be a good alternative to Indonesians or Filipinos. My agent said the worker I will get has experience working in Malaysia. I am hopeful that she will adapt and work well here."


JACKNGSC - Good alternative for Singapore Families, it is just too high cost for the placement fee to hire a Pinoy helper.
I agree that there is not justification for the maid levy whereby our govt is not the one who incurred the cost, but the employer, and all liabilities is on the employer. 
 
Dante - What about the 'maid levy', that is paid EVERY MONTH to the government?
Why should one who hires a maid, whom the latter eats, sleeps and uses the hirer's water and electricity, STILL needs to pay the bloody government MONTHLY?
A check on the MOM website ONLY shows the amount of the levy, when it is due, how it is paid through. There is NO 'why' stated. So why are we paying for it?
Bloody blood-sucking government who only knows how to come up with blood-sucking policies. Is our government run by a group of vampires?
exactly; what's the logic behind the levy?


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Regardless you're in Spore or Malaysia, Employers are proned to face bad maid agencies and FDWs.  Don't assume maids are dumb and submissive, they learn new tricks from friends or via technology.  Maids are very scheming and this could be their real personality but they are too good in acting so Employers only managed to discover after living with them for some time.  Some were so good in their acting and employers only found out what their maids did after they were gone.
Costly and disappointing experience with Cambodian maid, 26 Jan 2011, by Kenny in Malaysia

We got a maid from Cambodia through a big local agency, located in Petaling Jaya.  We were "lucky" because our maid was very young (she told us she was 18 although her passport said 21, and she later told us that her real name was not what was in the passport as well) and therefore we managed to teach her English and even some Malay quite easily.

Unfortunately, she was very childish, watched a lot of TV, played a lot with our two-year-old daughter's toys, refusing to wake up on time, arguing back, etc.

We were OK with the childishness but could not put up with the waking up late (even past 8am,) and arguing back, as these actually caused problems as she would delay cooking our daughter's food, and was sometimes even unable to sweep and mop our small apartment before my daughter woke up.

We mentioned these problems to the agency and they "frightened" us by saying if we wanted to change the maid, we would need to wait a long time and we have to pay a lot of extra fees (About another RM2k, in addition to the over RM8000 that we already paid).  Because of this, we decided to just keep her as we could not afford to fork out so much more to replace a maid we had for just a week.

We did take her again after about six months for them to "counsel" her about waking up early (We only asked her to start working before 7am, although the agency actually said maids should wake up at 5:30am every day).

However, about a month later (seven months after she came here), we realised that the maid was switching off our CCTV and making calls to Cambodia while everyone was asleep (we received an RM900+ bill).  We confronted her and she denied this.  We explained to her that the CCTV has a 15 second record time after there is no movement, and we know she always approaches the CCTV before it suddenly stops recording (just before each call was made).  She just kept quiet. We checked her phone book, and true enough almost all the numbers that were called from our houseline were in her book.

She also had the word 'camera' on the same page. We decided we had to send her back to the agency. My wife checked her bag before we left and found that she had stolen quite a bit of my mother's jewellery, and stashed it in one of her bags.  We sent her back and the agency said they would look into the matter. A few days later, they called me back to say that she admitted to doing everything and asked if we wanted to take her back.

I told the agent that we do not know what else she did when she switched off the CCTV and the fact that she did all this to us even though we treated her like our own daughter, made it impossible for us to take her back again.  Then the agency said they will arrange to send her back, but I would not get any form of compensation, not even the RM900 for the bill).  

The agent also told me that if I made a police report, the police can issue me a summons for allowing my maid to "run away", which is quite ridiculous as the maid is with them.  I would just like to know if there is any way for me to recover any part of the roughly RM9,000 (over RM8,000 for agency fees & loan and another RM900+ for the phone bill) when the agreement is completely one-sided. 


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3 Feb

Q:  Are you tempted to be one of the pioneers to hire Cambodian maid?

Ans:  If they are hardworking, highly trainable, adaptive to our culture, can understand my instructions, salary reasonable, low maid loan and agency fee not expensive, of course can try.  I hope Cambodian FDWs sincerely come to work and not to play hard at our expenses.

Q:  Cambodians have worked in Malaysia for nearly a decade, why Spore so ‘outdated’?
Ans:  Cambodian maids received less than 8 years of education, don't meet MOM's requirements.  Cambodians need to be trained and must learn simple English so that they can adjust to working life in Singapore.  Source country not keen to deploy citizens to a place that previously had no weekly off days.

Q:  How to choose a suitable Cambodian maid?
Ans:  Cambodian maids are new to Singapore but they have been working in Malaysia for nearly a decade so try to get those who had worked in Malaysia.  They are likely to understand a bit Malay.  When interviewing new maids, they must know they're coming to a country of different customs and practices.  Lifestyle is totally different from theirs.

Q:  What’s the starting salary of Cambodian maid?
Ans:  Agents expect Cambodian domestic workers to be paid the market rate of between S$400 and $450 a month.

Q: Where to find translation?
Ans: Try Google translator khmer/English or http://www.english-khmer.com/.  There are a few free websites so do a search.

Q:  What's Cambodian's staple food?
Ans:  Rice.  Same as Filipino and Indonesian.  Some of them insist must have rice for each meal. 

Q:  What other languages can Cambodian speak?
Ans:  Cambodian Chinese generally speaks Chinese dialects ie Teochew or Cantonese.  Some speaks Mandarin.  Btw, there are Myanmese Chinese FDW in Spore who reads and speaks Mandarin.  Due to language barrier, new Cambodian maids (totally no experience) will take time to communicate with you as well as people of different nationalities.  It means they cannot gossip or make new friends as freely and easily as Filipinos or Indonesians.  Language barrier can be a plus because nobody (no friends or relatives on Spore) can understand them without giving them lots of patience and put in an extra effort to listen to them.  It makes it harder for them to mingle around so they may be less vocal and afraid to be too friendly to strangers.  She is likely to focus her attention on work rather than make new friends, compare benefits and give employers headaches.  If you compensate her for no weekly off day and treats her well, don't let her feel lonely or ill-treated, I believe Cambodian FDWs can be guai-guai good helpers .... unpolluted.

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We refer to the letter (“Is the Cambodian maid pilot scheme fair?”, Feb 28 2013) where Ms Alice Cheah opined that the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) selection of six employment agencies in a pilot to assess the suitability of Cambodian foreign domestic workers (FDWs) was anti-competitive.

We reiterated during the industry briefing early last month that the purpose of the pilot is to assess if Cambodian FDWs are suitable for work in Singaporean homes and if there is demand for them.

The size of the pilot was kept deliberately small, about 400 FDWs, to facilitate effective monitoring and assessment of the trial. Correspondingly, the number of agencies to be selected for the placement of these FDWs will also be kept small, at no more than six. It would be impractical to have every FDW-placing agency participate in a pilot of this scale.
The pilot does not evaluate the performance of the selected employment agencies. Should Cambodia become an approved source country, all agencies will be able to recruit and place Cambodian FDWs with employers in Singapore.

During the pilot, Cambodian FDWs will be allowed to seek a change in employer through their agencies. If an FDW is unable to find another employer, she will have to return home. This is no different for FDWs from the existing approved source countries.
Agencies participating in the pilot will have to make this clear to the Cambodian FDWs and their employers.

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This was extracted from a Malaysian employer’s blog. It is a case where new employers are likely to face.

It would sound familiar to employers of Myanmese, the inability to speak and understand English.

Called the agent, Miss Wong.

1. I demanded to speak to the manager but to no avail. Then, I had to speak to Miss Wong first. I explained the problems to her. In short, I told her for >RM11K, they got me someone unacceptable (in my heart- as if mute and deaf). Wong was not helpful at all. She did not apologise but kept saying I should give Kh (maid) 3 to 6 months to catch up.

2. I insisted I must speak to the manager/ boss. They said the boss was not around and passed the line to the 'manager' (who knows who she really is).

3. Our conversation:-
Q- Did you all say Kh could use simple English?
A- Yes, she understands simple English. If you ask her how old she is OR what's her name, she can tell you.
(Sorry, pardon me. Who cares?)

Q- But, you see. She should know simple words like put, take, etc... common things like cup, spoon, bag, etc...
A- You see, all these you must teach her. From the biodata, it shows she only went to school 2 years, you cannot expect her to understand SO MANY things. You should check, you understand or not?

Q- But she's going to work in a house, these are the most basic words. And how do you expect her to work for me when she does not understand a thing?
A- We have brought in many maids before and NEVER had any problems, if you are calling me to complain about her English, you are WASTING my time. I have more important things to do, I am very busy, you know? (Rude).

Q- At least you all must be honest, don't simply say she understands simple English, big and small are very simple, and she doesn't even know. ( I still expect her to apologise and admit that they were not totally honest but tried to mislead me with the 'simple English' issue)
A- You should have used video-conferencing with her and find out yourself.

Q-What? If we could do that, the agent, Miss Wong should have offered or suggested.
A- Ya... We would only offer if any clients request. (For heaven's sake, who would have thought of this? and then it's not a genuine offer, is it?)

Q- And you all said she was trained in Cambodia and trained again here before being handed over to me.
How do you explain she doesn't know HOW to change a bedsheet? That she put my clean bedsheet on top of my old bedsheet on the bed, without even removing the old one?
And the clothes she ironed were as if they were just taken out from the washing machine?
A- Yes, we train the maids, if you are not happy, you can send her back again , we can train her one more time. If you are going to talk about all these that are not so important, I think you better come to my office and we can talk face-to-face. Please do not waste my time over the phone.

The maid,
1. Did not know simple English (spoon? big? small? also don't know. )
2. Does not know how to read time/ use an alarm clock (what time? )
3. Did not read simple English (mop, sweep, wash, put, take...)
4. Does not know how to read a calendar/ what day it is (although given a calendar)


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Maid in 'abuse' case defends employer, The New Paper, Apr 2012

Maids have been the target of employers, who sometimes physically abuse them for not doing a "proper job".But a Cambodian maid in Kuala Lumpur has sprung to the defence of her employer after the maid's mother alleged that she was mistreated.

Miss Phorn Sophea said the allegations by her mother, 52-year-old Im Meoun, against her employer Cynthia Lim, 45, were not true, The Star reported.  Last month, Ms Lim, 45, was alerted to a story in Cambodian newspaper Phnom Penh Post, which ran the mother's allegations. Ms Im claimed that her daughter was given only one meal a day and that she was forced to take drugs designed to give her more energy to work.

The mother also filed a complaint with The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association, a non-governmental organisation in Cambodia.  The allegations surfaced when Ms Lim was in the process of renewing Miss Phorn's contract after the maid said that she wanted to continue working for the family.

Shortly after the allegations surfaced, Ms Lim and her husband, Mr Hong Chin Heng, were cleared by the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia. But Ms Phorn's mother stuck to her allegations and even told a Khmer-language newspaper that she was threatened and told to withdraw her statement.

This prompted Ms Lim to call a press conference so that Miss Phorn could clear the air.  Said Miss Phorn: "I don't take drugs and my employer treats me very good."

Ms Lim added: "I hope we can close this case," saying that she planned to write to the newspapers and the Cambodian human rights group to clear her name.  She said she hoped her case would raise awareness on the possibility of employers being unfairly accused by their maids' family members.

She also claimed that neither the Cambodian newspapers nor the rights group had contacted her to get her side of the story.  


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28 year old maid charged with murder of 16 year old girl, YahooNews, 14 Nov

The Indonesian domestic helper arrested at the scene of the Tampines murder has been charged with murder, according to media reports.

The Straits Times said that the charge was read out to her Friday afternoon at the Institute of Mental Health, where she was sent for psychiatric evaluation. She will be moved to Changi's Women Prison later in the day.

On Thursday afternoon at about 1 PM, 16-year-old girl was found dead Thursday in a Tampines flat. Police have classified it as a murder case.

Police said that a 28-year-old domestic helper has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Straits Times reported that the girl apparently had two stab wounds to the front of the torso area and that the woman who was arrested was understood to be the maid.

A female neighbor that spoke to the broadsheet said that shrieks were heard coming from the flat at 856B Tampines Street 82 at around 12pm. A spokesperson from the Singapore Civil Defence Force said that they received a call for assistance at 1pm. Upon arrival, paramedics pronounced the female individual dead at the scene.


------There are thumbs up, there are people who are displeased with above comment.

Who are these people who felt life of a maid is more valuable than employer and family?
Is this what Employers should get for not providing good food? Maids are too demanding and pampered in Spore? Unable to adjust or refuse to accept the culture and lifestyle of her employer?
Who are the people who felt employer must have done something bad/bullied (starving, ill-treating FDW) and deserved to be punished … by inflicting injury or stab somebody, an innocent girl?
Who have been siding and protecting the domestic maids in Spore and purposely ignored the pleas or cry for more justice and fairness to employers and families? Have our interest been short-changed?

Maid did something bad and employers should keep quiet or give this person another chance to work in Spore? FDW could be too stressed or forced to be bad? Somebody commented “A lot of these maids come from countries with a higher power distance index then ours. Thus, when bullied, they are less likely to stand up for themselves, which in the long term, may lead to lost of self esteem and so on and so forth, which may then lead to other undesirable social effects including stealing, lying, child abuse and so on and so forth.”



ARTY • If the maid is found to be mentally unstable, who's going to take responsibility for this? The maid agency which charged big bucks to bring her in? The authorities must look into and specify the exact duty and obligations of the maid agencies. There should be some mental and physical screening as to who is suitable for this job. Currently, anyone who wants to become a maid qualifies with the exception of the age criteria which a lot are known to abuse as well. There has to be some protection for the employers and their rights.

Wan • What is striking is after about 40 years of allowing households to employ maids, MOM who had been and are still collecting levies have not done anything significant to improve the employer-maid working relationship and understanding, improve the quality of maids, improve the domestic helper life, educate household on expectation, etc. It the best business model. Collect revenue with almost 95% profit, 5% for admin to register and collect levies. Do nothing. Anything goes wrong, employers pay for it and just dispatch the problem (I mean maids) back home. Nothing to do with them.

Chrysan • This is a very sad case that could have been avoided. My family has a long history of employing domestic helpers; some good and some not-too-good. We cannot judge them by our own standard as most of them are from a 'backward background'. It takes quite a bit of patience during the first few months of training and adjustment. It seems that although the maids do not mind being corrected, they do mind being scolded and some may even harbour resentment towards the employers if constantly being reprimanded. Good or bad, we must treat our helpers well while they are still in our employment. Usually things would work out eventually; if not, there are always other choices.

Annuar • Our S'pore PAP Govt has been considerate to but not amounting to being lenient, towards foreign domestic helpers running foul of the law, specifically on committing MURDER against their employer.
This is a good thing. One wrong doesn't correct another (wrong doing). A life is a life after all. Treasure every single life there is.
S'pore is already so short of life(s, lives, etc.) that we have to import and bunch it up to 6.9M otherwise the nation would shrink and collapse eventually.

Eugene • Even a 16 years old girl was murder by maid, what about the baby? Parent need to work to support the family, who take care of the kids even maids are not liable?

A Yahoo User • If you want to employ an Indonesia maid.... take heavy risk. They don't understand our culture, children behaviour and day to day needs. Our children are like diamond in the sky and their children are like rock underground. Ask them to do this and that...their reply is YES Mam. In reality nothing was done. This is because of communication. They are told during orientation by the agency just to answer YES whether understood the question or not at all. Having maid is just like playing BLACK JACK. A pic card with an ace that is what we need. But a picture card with a nos 4... good luck. Try to get nos between 4 to 7. Any nos 8 and above.. wantan. Very few maids are good. This is because the employers trained and supervises them during their contract period. Never leave them alone at home with the child.

Tiger Balm • if you invite a stranger into your home, you better take care of your belongings, and also how you treat that person... so many times we see cases of maid abuses and running away because employers treat them like animals... one day they will break like in this case... but if it is a case of mental problems, then it will be difficult to find out unless the authorities enforce more layers of checks like mental and physical checks?

WAHE • if the maid is being transfer the new employer, the new employer should allow to speak to the previous employer to find out what is the maid's problem.. because the maid agency lie to new employer about the reason by the X-employer does want her. some maid do have mental problems and some does not want to work but are force to and they take it out on the kids or the old folks.
I had maid once, will just stare at outside like into daze when I call her she look at me as tho she want to kill me.. it worried me so I send her back and was transfer to another house.. I feel sad for those who will employ her.
hope some one can look into this and allow us to inform someone so there can be some records of the maids.

Christina • seI was tortured by my in-laws maid until I moved out. My own maid abused and molested my infant daughter. What is MOM doing about these maids they are given privileges. Even days off. When they make a complaint we are scrutenized. As Singaporeans we are told to have kids but we are also working parents. The Agents on the other hand provide us with maids that do not know how to work and we need to teach them from scratch but on their resume says they know everything. What are the Ministers and MOM doing about this? Do they scrutenise and find out if the maid is ok or know what they are doing? We pay high pay to maids but they do not know any work and we have to train them. How about the maids mental status? Today a girl has lost her life. As a parent I can understand the grief her parents feel. Can MOM replace the parents with another child? MOM has to implement stricter measures. My sincere condolences and Sympathy to the Parents of the girl.

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Maid steals clothes from employer's dead mother and poses for pictures in them STOMP, 20 October 2013

A maid apparently stole clothes, branded bags, an iPad, house keys, and cash from STOMPer Wendy's late mother, and even posted pictures of herself wearing the clothes on facebook. The maid was sent home following several thefts, and Wendy discovered the maid had also stolen and worn her late mother's kebaya after seeing pictures on facebook of the maid posing in the kebaya.


"My former maid (left in picture, in green kebaya) stole my late mother's kebayas for herself and a friend, and boldly posted pictures of them wearing the kebayas on Facebook while still in my employment! "I only discovered this after I terminated her service and she went home after a string of thefts and bad behaviour issues.

"This maid also stole my late mother's branded bags, iPad, house keys and cash! Wendy adds that the maid had expressed an intention to return to Singapore soon, and will be investigated by the police and MOM if she does so. "She expressed an intention to come back to Singapore soon.

"The police and MOM will conduct further investigations when she comes back to Singapore. "There is already an employment ban placed on her, but she can still be allowed into Singapore on a social visit pass."

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Maid slept with the neighbours, on her employer's bed, STOMP and AsiaOne, 17 Oct

A woman's world was turned upside down when she found out, to her horror, that her domestic helper was sleeping around with her neighbours -- on the marital bed she shares with her husband.

In an interview with Simply Her magazine that was carried on AsiaOne, the woman spoke about how the domestic helper, who was recommended to her by her sister-in-law, betrayed her trust. Names used below not real names.

Jean came to work for us two years ago. She was petite and pleasant-looking, with tanned skin and long, dark hair. She was in her 30s then, and had left her husband and daughter in her village back home to work in Singapore. She was my first domestic helper and came highly recommended, having worked for my sister-in-law Irene previously. Jean had asked to stay after her contract was over, and my husband and I decided to hire her, to help her out, as she didn't want him to return home.

We genuinely liked Jean - she was hard-working, followed instructions and cooked well. We gave her the freedom to use her mobile phone whenever she needed to and even let her access the Internet on our computer. Jean was left on her own for most of the day but my husband and I never questioned what she got up to. As long as the house was clean and there was food on the table when we returned home, we were happy.

However, a random chat with our neighbour, Gary, made me wonder - fleetingly - if I should keep my eye on Jean a bit more. Gary lived with his wife Mrs Lim, along with their daughter Lily and her husband Jim, several floors away from us. Gary was always friendly to Jean, smiling at her when we met in the lift and chatting with her. We didn't know him very well but he struck me as a rich and flashy man. Jean, on the other hand, had simple tastes. She seldom wore makeup, and was always clad in a T-shirt and long pants, whether at home or on her Sundays off. I wondered what they would have in common.

It all started with a conversation about clocks, where Gary asked me, out of the blue, why I had a clock in every part of my house. He also pointed out that my bedroom clock was several minutes faster than the others. What an odd thing to say, I'd thought, and wondered how he knew as he never been to my home. But I simply brushed it aside.

A few months after we'd hired Jean and about a week after that bizarre conversation with Gary, there was a loud banging on our apartment door, just as we were getting ready for bed. We heard Jean opening the door, followed by loud female voices and people storming into our home. We ran out of our bedroom to see what the commotion was about. There, in the middle of my living room, was a group of women slapping Jean and pulling her hair while screaming at the tops of their voices. Leading the pack were Mrs Lim and Lily, who was heavily pregnant.

My husband tried to protect Jean from their blows. The women then turned on us, calling us rude names and accusing us of pimping out our maid.

Mrs Lim accused Jean of seducing both her husband and her son-in-law. Worse, she said Jean and the men had been sleeping together in our flat. I was shocked. She accused my husband and me of masterminding a vice ring, and insinuated that Jean was also sleeping with other men in the neighbourhood. How could I not know what was happening in my home, she demanded, when I told her I had no idea what had been going on. She said she was disgusted at how we could have allowed our maid to use our bedroom for such 'dirty purposes'.

My husband and I denied everything. That seemed to incense Mrs Lim further, and she tried to dash out of our house to knock on our neighbours' doors to ask them if Jean had had sex with their husband too. But her 'entourage' - made up of her relatives and neighbours - stopped her. All this while, Jean just kept saying she was sorry.

We were at our wits' end when I recalled my conversation with Gary. I confronted Jean with what he'd said and asked her if she had ever brought him into my bedroom. She broke down and admitted that she had - once. However, Lily disputed this and claimed that Jean had also brought Jim into the bedroom.

Horrified, I asked Jean if the men had paid to have sex with her. She refused to answer and became hysterical, falling to her knees while crying and screaming in her native tongue. My husband and I apologised profusely to the women and asked them to return home, so that we could calm Jean and find out the truth.

After they left, my husband gently questioned Jean, asking her how long the affairs had been going on and if she'd slept with anyone else apart from Gary and Jim. But we couldn't get through to her. I got frustrated and called Irene. Irene advised me to terminate Jean's services immediately and send her back to the maid agency. My husband headed there first with Jean while I stayed behind to pack her belongings. Irene later came by to pick them up. At the agency, Irene, too, grilled Jean about whether she had brought men home while working in her house.

Jean refused to answer. Instead, she kept begging for a second chance but I just handed her luggage to the agent and left. I didn't want to be part of the nightmare anymore. When we arrived home, I was too upset and angry to sleep. I felt so betrayed. My husband and I stayed up the entire night talking about what had happened. Unlike me, he found the entire thing funny - he thought it was all a joke. But for me, there was no smoke without fire. I doubted that this was Jean's first time messing around. I suspected that she had done the same when she was working for Irene, too.

I felt it was highly likely that Gary had paid Jean for sex, and then introduced Jim to her. I'm not sure how their wives discovered the adultery. I had no concrete answers; all of it was mere conjecture. The next morning, I threw out everything in Jean's room, as well as my own mattress. I couldn't bring myself to sleep on it anymore - it was sullied. My privacy had also been invaded and I felt that my bedroom was no longer my home. I called in a carpenter to dismantle my custom-made bed frame and replace it.

I couldn't believe how clueless I had been. True, I had never found anything out of place in my bedroom - Jean had made sure of that. I was also furious at my neighbours for pointing fingers at us and catching us unawares. I felt they should have spoken to us first, instead of bursting into our home.

A few days later, after I'd cooled down, my husband and I decided to give Mrs Lim and Lily a fruit basket as a peace offering. But when she saw us at our doorstep, Mrs Lim sneered and refused to talk to us, slamming the door in our faces. Almost two years have gone by, and Mrs Lim and Lily still give us nasty looks and talk behind our backs. We just stay out of their way now. Honestly, I'm scared of them and I don't know how to handle them.

To this day, we don't know what really happened. We tried asking other neighbours if they knew about Jean's indiscretions, but they said they didn't, as they usually kept their main doors closed. They sympathised with us and understood that whatever happened wasn't our fault - they knew that we were hardly home in the day.

As for Gary and Jim, they avoid us, especially Gary. He used to greet us each time we met but now, he pretends not to see us. He never apologised for all the trouble that he and his son-in-law caused. Although Mrs Lim and her daughter refused to accept our apology, I still feel sorry for them. I don't understand how they could have stood by their straying husbands and blamed us instead. I've not hired another domestic helper since - I'm scarred by the scandal. Should I hire a maid in future, I will monitor her closely. I won't leave her alone at home for long stretches of time, that's for sure."



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13 Oct - 29 years old Indonesian maid suspected to fall from 4th floor. She tried to leave employer's house using a self made towels rope. Maid worked for only a week, recruited to care for the employer's mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Employers are happy with maid’s performance and don’t know why maid wants to runaway. It was reported this Indonesian maid had stolen a phone which belongs to the employer.

Maids, your safety is in your hands. Employers are not responsible for any mishap because you do not value your life. Don't be so naive and irresponsible. Think about your family if you're gone forever. Employers are not your nannies so don't make others be responsible for your action, as well as costs you've incurred!

When maid fell, fingers will be pointing at the employers.
When citizens fell from HDB window, HDB and our govt are not at fault. The dead person is careless and case close.

Read: Woman fall dead while doing laundry

We are human beings too but are we treated fairly? If maids cannot take hardship, want to be treated like a princess, why fly to Spore? You want a good income, you've to work hard and this applies to all employee. You are not a monkey (climb) nor a bird (fly). I am sure employer won't mind letting an unhappy FDW go away if maid agency returns whatever they have spent on you ... or at least return 90% recruitment costs. How to get out easily and happily, I think maids in Spore can consider pressing MOM ... you're the jewels in many people's eyes. Also, many people can't bear to see damsels in distress and get employers into deep shit.

All these fears and problems are related to maid loan. Employers are being blackmailed by maid agency and the service contract.



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25 Sep - This is the result of unfair MOM policy. There's no cap on employer's medical liability based on insurance purchased. We are merely a salaried person cum employer, a full-time working employee, didn't own a company or earning as much as PM Lee. If FDW is really unwell or unable to work, she should be sent home and not remain in Spore. If anybody disagrees and think FDW is so poor thing, I'd like to know if this is your maid, are you paying S$93,000? Who should be defined as poor thing? Of course it is the FDW's employer!

This illness which probably is hereditary and certainly not due to an injury sustained at work so employer shouldn't be made responsible for the costs. Do all employers (companies) in Singapore pay for ALL its employee's medical expenses? Of course not, there are terms and conditions. Alternatively, look at your own medical insurance, there are also claim limits. There's no such thing as buying a medical insurance and expect the policy to cover everything. This is insane but MOM doesn't want to do something to stop employers from 'bleeding' unnecessarily. Should her country's government be aiding maid's treatment? Or the activists such as HOME help this maid? You want to play angels and talk a lot on humanity, this is the right time to show you care for the 'less fortunate' ... don't talk or comment just for show!

Maid's employer hit by $93,000 medical bill, New Paper, 7 Oct
Employer was straining under the trauma of her husband’s heart surgery when she was hit with a second whammy, one that cost her more than $90,000. Madam Jameela Bee Mohd’s husband was at Changi General Hospital when her maid was hit by toxic epidermal necrolysis, a rare and life-threatening skin condition.

The maid, Miss Nur Umaroh Karwiyahmukhlis, contracted the condition after she sought treatment for gum pain in late April. A few days later, the 26-year-old was in the intensive care unit of Singapore General Hospital fighting for her life.
On May 30 — 33 days later — she recovered, was discharged and returned to Indonesia, leaving her former employer with a medical bill of about $93,000.


25 Sep - Expat's maid wants to moonlight. FDW felt she has the rights to have her nights out.
I agree with one of the Expat "you need to assess your own role before firing her for doing what you allowed her to do in the past... you were a kindly, soft-hearted push-over - accept it, change it and move on."


Above expat added "On the holiday she had a 24/7 internet connection on an iphone which i had given to her to stay connected with her friends & family via fb or skype. Secondly everyday 8pm she goes to her room & we dont call her for any work. Thirdly after giving a few interviews, she has understood that she doesnt wanna quit my job anymore. I have not decided anything yet though!

I know all maids are ob their phone when the employer is not around but its the lie & the confidence with which she lied bothered me more! Moreover i dont think by allowing night outs she wont feel robotic!"


Maid who argues a lot and a liar.


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Maid busy talking and endangered child's life. Boy was standing in the middle of the road. Wanbao, 30 Sep

Maid used hot water to make milk for baby.


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18 Sep - Hungry for love?
Is this how a human being behaves? Don't feel embarrassed?
Is this what our MOM/PAP wants to see ... the more the merrier, no need to pay for RA show? Live telecast and FREE! Hoping this kind of open style business concept can bring in more men to love you deeply?

Maids having ‘love’ at East Coast Park, Shin Min Daily News, 16 Sep 2013
Picture: From outside the tent, photographer could see quite clearly a maid with her boyfriend, they undressed and openly made love.


The public noticed that maids and male foreign workers are enjoying ‘LOVE’ at East Coast Park. Over the weekends, they put up tents, their "little love nest" to make love and destroy the serenity of the Park. This also spoilt family outings which include children who went to the Park.

Shin Min Daily News reporter who was present at the scene, saw one of the maids and workers getting ‘screwed’ in the tent. Maids used to be spotted in Orchard Road area but after knowing male foreign workers, they moved their nests to East Coast Park because having a tent is so much cheaper than paying for hostel or hotel. East Coast Park is a place for healthy fun, exercise and families/friends' bonding but ruined by these inconsiderate people.

Public parks are not private gardens for maids to seek love and affection. This is the main reason why employers are relunctant to give off days and rather compensate their maids for no off, hoping that lesser contact with the 'outside world', their maids will not misbehave, get bad influence or have boyfriends. It is not true that no off day maids won't be able to find boyfriends or get herself pregnant. Look at my recent posts, maids still managed to find love if they want to, employers unable to avoid totally... unless you cage her, don't let her bring your kids to school, can't go marketing alone, cannot run errands, etc. Also you need to lock your windows and doors so that she cannot meet neighbours. What about mobile phone? Keep from her ... 2 years? See, there's no bullet proof way. Maids want to be bad, you cannot stop her. It is up to individual maid to think of the consequences and the purpose of being a FDW. A good and really sensible FDW knows she is here to work and not to play hard and have fun at the expense of her employer. When you get a lousy maid, whatever you said that restricted her freedom or 'exercise her power of human rights', even though for her own good, she will auto shut her ears. It is clear, she has been brainwashed so what can you do to protect yourself .... not much because they have activists and MOM backing them and you (employers) have nobody, no big organisation nor ministers on our side.


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17 Sep - Maids are smart. Don't think they are new and don't know the loopholes in Spore. She knows if she gets her employer to sack her, she could get a free ticket home - repatriation.

This maid wanted to quit by getting employer to sack her. Thus, 25-year old Myanmar maid invited a stranger, Bangladeshi man home from the street in the middle of the night . This alerted the police. Employer has employed maids for more than 40 years and this is the first time she encountered such an audacious maid.


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16 Sep - Maids in Spore, this may happen to you if want to remain as a princess-FDW or your mind not fully tuned to do a real FDW job. Life is not always rosy, be it in your case or my case. If you need an income, you’ll change your behaviour, learn to adapt and be a good helper. If you can't have an easy job or job was mismatched, you can choose to pay your agency to find your 'dream job'. Just pay and pay your agency, maybe after paying agency fee ten times (as transfer maid), you'll get a dream job!

Also, Safety is in your hands, you need to know once your life is lost, you'll not see your dearest children and families.

Think before you act.
Don't be so naive and reckless.
Don't behave like a spolit child who just want fun.
Can't take hardship, you shouldn't come to Spore and thinking employers owe you a good life.


Filipino maid's death shrouded in mystery, 5 Apr 2013, The New Paper
Just two days after she arrived at her employer's home, she fell and died in hospital. The 24-year-old maid was found on the balcony of a fourth-storey unit, two floors below her employer's unit in Amaryllis Ville at Newton Road.

Gamale Apple Dayot's death was shrouded in mystery and the big question was why she had climbed out of the window. That question has remained since the incident on May 11 last year. On Tuesday, the coroner's court found that she had accidentally slipped and fallen on May 11 last year, seven days after arriving in Singapore.

State Coroner Imran Abdul Hamid put up several hypotheses for consideration as to why she could have climbed out of the window. The hypothesis to run away was ruled out as she was recommended by her own auntie, Lorena Mejos, 33, to work for the employer, whom Lorena had previously worked for. Besides, Gamale came to Singapore to work to ease her family's financial burden. She could have used the front door to run away since it was unlocked.

Gamale's diary had poems written in both English and Tagalog, with three possible significant entries. One of them was titled "Longing" in Tagalog, another entry on March 2 last year had the line "stress-shout-out" and one dated April 29 was titled "Bleeding Inside".

Lorena told the court that Gamale had taken a caregiver's course after she graduated from school. As part of on-the-job training, she worked at a home for the elderly. Just before she came to Singapore, she was working at the mall as a salesperson. Lorena also said that Gamale had looked after children for more than three years. She said: "She's very experienced with kids. That's why I recommended her to my previous employer, considering how she looked after the kids. She stayed at the lodging house of her maid agency, JDM Management Services, at Yishun until she was picked up by her employer on May 9 that year (2012).

Investigation showed that there were smudges on the metal railings of the employer's unit and the next door unit. This suggested that someone had held onto the railings while walking along the narrow ledge linking the two units. The court heard that Gamale, who is 1.6 metres tall, was believed to have climbed out of the 1.2 metres tall window. While holding onto the metal railings of her employer's unit on the sixth storey, she turned around and was facing the unit while she inched towards the left side to the next door unit on the same storey.

The pattern of the smudges also showed that Gamale could have been climbing downwards. The smudge stains disappeared at the fifth storey.


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8 Sep - Maid steals money, steals mobile phone and steals man while the employer was not at home. Maid also cooked a 10-course delicious meal to reward herself.
54 years old tutor engaged maids to help her for the past 30 years. Within two years, she changed 11 maids. The more she changed, the worst she got. Employer has always think maids are her good helper but after getting maids of poor quality from different countries, she said maids are getting on her nerves and had greatly affected her daily life.


4 Sep - Give domestic maids mandatory off days, give maids the rights to mix and have boyfriends .... you'll see more of these boy-girl relationship problems which eventually became employers' problem. Not our fault yet we faced the music. Maids want off days, why can't they be more sensible and don't give employers or others headaches? Why enjoy life at the expense of others? Isn't this selfish? Is this how maid behaves and show you're a real human being? Can fight over men is just another example you've freedom and is not a slave nor a victim at the mercy of employers.
STOMP: Two domestic helpers were seen fighting with each other outside the SingPost Centre last Sunday (1 Sep), supposedly over a Bangladeshi man. STOMPer Francis, who came across a video of the incident, said: "Are these two Indonesia maids here to work or fight over a Bangladeshi man? "This incident happened last Sunday, near Paya Lebar MRT station.

"The conversation overheard was one of Indonesia maids asking for the handphone which might have contained evidence of the boyfriend posing for pictures with his girlfriend.



These are obtained from a motherhood thread talking about Myanmar maids. It may be about a particular nationality but do note that such problems and maids' attitude are getting more common. The starter of all these human rights or attitude problem, I will direct them to the filipino FDWs. They are better in English and hold themselves very high. They deliberately set bad examples and support bad habits such as lying. Filipino FDWs are often seen on Facebook bad mouthing employers or crying wolves. Maids claimed they are forced to behave and perform badly, it is the way they play back on employers who failed to make them happy. In their theory, Employers have the obligations to please them, treat them like princesses or Queens in the house. This is how they define as being happy working for you. To be treated like human beings, it is to be able to do things they please, no invading of their privacy, etc. They do not care what they are doing is unfair to their employers. They are not interested to know all these are not part of their contact. They cracked their brains to give their employers unnecessary stress and headaches, yet felt they are just slaves. Where on earth can you find a slave who can post on Facebook, chat on mobile, complain on the simplest matter, entitled to off days, paid a monthly salary, given live-in benefits, etc? Where can you find a slave who is entitled to home leave which includes returned air ticket and 15 days paid off?

Filipino FDWs want to manage their employers, feel superior or on par so have numerous ways to make their employers give in to all their nonsense. Filipino FDWs felt what they are advocating is correct, make full use the excuse "human rights" = alright to set bad examples and driving their employers to the walls eg make employers waste money and time to train them. Cunning FDWs influenced naive FDWs to think it is no big deal, perfectly correct to demand something not as per agreement, agency contract or MOM's rules and regulations. Filipino FDWs took the lead to fight for this and that. Myanmese are just learning from them. Filipino FDWs spend time finding loopholes and how to get lesser chores, yet higher salary and benefits. Readers don't need to rebuke, read all my posts, pictures, links and you have to admit I am not stating something baseless.
Open you heart to accept the fact FDWs of any nationality is capable of give employers hell. If MOM continues to side FDWs, source countries and their agencies, our lives will just get worst. It will push citizens who do not have other help to resign and stay home to nurture their children. Otherwise, don't give birth, don't find trouble for themselves. Spore (those holding power and pro-maid activists) is uncaring and not giving enough understanding to its full-time working women.










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30 Aug - Fined for hiring maid as waitress, The Straits Times, 9 Aug 2013
A pub director who hired a maid to work as a waitress was on Tuesday fined $2,500. Abdul Hannan Mawar's company was also banned from hiring foreign workers. The Manpower Ministry (MOM) said this was the ninth case this year in which an employer was prosecuted for illegally hiring maids. Last year, 32 employers were convicted.

Investigations revealed that one of the maids would frequent the pub on her Sunday rest days. On one visit, she was asked by Abdul Hannan, 28, if she wanted to earn some extra income as a waitress. She agreed, and like the other maids, was paid between $30 and $40 for working on Sundays from 2 to 8pm.

Abdul Hannan, who could have been fined up to $15,000, or jailed for up to a year, or both, also admitted to abetting a fifth maid to work illegally by using her catering services. The maid who provided catering services paid a fine of $2,000 to settle her offence, while the rest were given a police warning. The maids will also be barred from working here after being deported.


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21 Jul - Man breaks legs trying to catch maid who fell, 21 Jul 2013, AsiaOne

He is a cleaning supervisor from Malaysia. She was an Indonesian maid.
As foreigners working at Tanamera Crest condominium, they had smiled at each other and spoken briefly.  Then, on July 10, she fell into his arms in the worst way imaginable - she had plunged from the 14th storey and he had tried to catch her.

Though Mr Rozaimi Zainal (above), 36, managed to get his outstretched arms to her plummeting body, the impact sent him sprawling to the ground, shattering the bones in his left leg.  He was then pinned down by her lifeless body, unable to move until he was rescued.

When The New Paper visited Mr Rozaimi at Changi General Hospital (CGH) on Wednesday evening, he recalled the horrific incident.  He was at ground level when he saw the maid, who was working for a resident in the condominium at 6, Pari Dedap Walk, standing on a ledge at the highest floor of a block.  "She was standing there and she looked scared," he said.
"I shouted up at her, 'Don't jump! Don't jump!' Then she lay down on the ledge and rolled off."

Winter:  The maid or employer's name wasn't named.  It could be still under police and MOM investigation or the maid's fell was totally not due to employer's fault. 

If employer caused that maid to commit suicide, her/his name will surely be identified so that people can stone him/her and cause his/her family to suffer an unbearable ordeal.  Trust me, many people are waiting to seek justice for this Indonesian maid.  The first thing that crossed their minds would be, that maid was ill-treated by her employer.... the employer is a heartless baddie! 


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大胆女佣瞒着雇主买第二台手机,偷穿雇主内衣后拍性感照放上面簿,来新9个月就有超过600个“男友”!雇主詹女士(47岁,教师)接受《新报》访问时说,她当时允许女佣使用手机,条件是不能在白天工作时使用,而且只能用于阅读新闻和与家人联络。詹女士说,她有时会突击检查女佣的手机,但她使用的数据流量少,因此以为女佣听话少上网。没想到,原来女佣只是表面上听话,其实偷买了第二台手机藏于衣柜中!她觉得不妥之后,马上展开搜索,并在衣柜中找到一台iPhone,发现女佣曾偷穿她的内衣,拍摄了许多性感照。詹女士说:“手机上有面簿的应用程序,我打开后,发现她来新9个月就已经有700个好友,其中将近9成都是男人!”艳照上网还宣称:我比雇主性感;介绍所:辞退女佣原因网上行为是其一。完整报道,请翻阅04.08.2013《联合晚报》。

Maid has over 700 'good friends' and enjoys posting sexy pictures on Facebook.





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I need love, I am lonely - married maid in Spore, 13 Mar 2012, The New Paper
When her employers leave their condominium for work in the morning, Tara's heart beats faster. Because it is time to meet her boyfriend. Despite her employers not giving her a day off for fear that she will mix with bad company or find a boyfriend, the maid has found an admirer.

The 23-year-old Filipina, who declines to give her full name, says she is dating one of the condominium's security guards. "He works the night shift and we meet in the morning after my employers go to work," reveals Tara, who came to Singapore two years ago. Every morning, her employers send their two children to pre-school before going to work. She is then left alone at home with the kids' elderly grandmother.

Tara, who has to walk the dog and go to the market in the mornings, takes the opportunity to meet her boyfriend during that time. She believes her employers do not know about her boyfriend. On two occasions when the grandmother was not home, Tara even invited her boyfriend to her employers' three-bedroom condominium unit.

"I was very scared that someone would come home suddenly. So I stopped inviting him. We just meet outside now. We go to the park nearby. Few people go there because it's very hot," says Tara. "I cannot let my employers know I have a boyfriend or they will send me back to the Philippines, and I need my job here."

Tara says her employers have read about the recent news of a Bangladeshi man and a Filipino maid found dead in a Geylang hotel. They warned her about having a boyfriend here. "They said that things often go bad for people like us who fall in love here," says Tara, who started dating only six months ago. "I don't think this will happen to me. My boyfriend is very nice to me."

Tara does not see the need to tell her employers about her boyfriend, and feels that even though she works here as a maid, she deserves to have some degree of privacy. "Maids are human beings and we have feelings too. It is natural to fall in love," says Tara, who is married in the Philippines and has a four-year-old son with her Filipino husband. "I still love my husband and my son. But I am all alone in Singapore and I need someone here too, because I need to stay and work here for many years to support my family back home."

Tara smiles shyly when she tells this reporter how caring her boyfriend has been. "He takes me to the supermarket on his motorbike. Before, I had to walk under the hot sun and carry the heavy groceries home by myself. He also helps to top up my phone card and recently, he bought me an iPhone so that I can surf the Internet, watch videos and log on to Facebook," reveals Tara. She keeps her rendezvous with her boyfriend to two hours as she needs to get lunch ready before the kids come home at 12pm.

Like most maids, Tara is hired to take care of the children and the elderly in the family. She does all the household chores and ensures that the home is spick-and-span when her employers return home from work at 7pm. On her employers' advice on staying in so she can avoid "bad company", she says: "I don't know what they mean by bad company. They don't realise that I need friends too. I like to go to the supermarket, where I meet other maids. We all understand each other," says Tara.

"Many maids have boyfriends. We will introduce friends to each other and take care of each other, whether or not we have a day off. "New maids who come here will be given a day off. I am not so lucky. My employers will only give me $20 more for each Sunday I work."

"They scold me all the time and call me 'stupid' behind their children's back. But in front of their children and friends, they seem very nice to me." Tara recalls how she would often cry herself to sleep in her first year here. But she soon learnt how to handle her employers' complaints and scolding.

Even though she does not have a rest day, she manages to take afternoon naps inside the bathroom. Occasionally, Tara amuses herself by trying on her female employer's dresses and taking photos of herself with her iPhone. "Sometimes I hide in the bathroom to watch videos on my iPhone. I love my iPhone so much and I cannot let my employers know I have one. They will take it away from me. I keep too many secrets inside my iPhone."

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A Myanmar domestic worker was jailed for four weeks on Friday for causing hurt to her employer's elderly mother who suffers from dementia.

Naw Toe Toe Mar, 26, had admitted to dragging Madam Loh Kin Soo around and then pushing the 77-year-old's head against the wall once, causing her to suffer injuries at the HDB flat in Teck Whye Avenue on May 16. She had also admitted to using her hand to hit the victim's head and back multiple times earlier that day. 

The abuse on May 16 was captured by a security camera which the employer, Ms Edwina Chan Ruth, 45, had installed last year after she noticed several bruises on her mother, who lives with her in a Teck Whye HDB flat.


A magistrate's court heard that the maid had worked for the employer for about a year and one of her duties was to look after the victim.

Since July last year, the employer, Ms Edwina Chan Ruth, 45, had noted several bruise marks all over her mother's body. When she asked the maid, she claimed she did not know how the victim was injured. Neither could the victim recall as she was in an advanced stage of dementia and could not recall past events that occurred even a few seconds ago.

Winter:  Can you see the advantage of installing CCTV in your house?  It is your best protection and most solid evidence to show the FDWs' backer 后台 .... MOM, Ministry of Manpower.  No words can be used to save you from an ordeal/interrogation.  The faster way to prove your innocence or show that your maid did something really bad .... you didn't lie is to show CCTV footage!  Let those maids' protector see what the vulnerable or pitiful FDWs could do to employers or our loved ones.
Some people wanted to make themselves looked like nice human beings and kind heartered so they purposely made employers looked bad. They simply don't feel bad stepping on us.
Some self righteous earthlings or FDWs think that my views are quite extreme 偏激, that's because you've not read below or had been in good luck since birth 不知人间疾苦!

Links:
What maids did - part 1, part 2
Bruises on my daughter - my Indonesian maid
My 4th filipino maid
Indo Maid deliberately switched off her senses
FDW who doesn't admit mistake - M
My 3rd filipino maid
My 1st filipino domestic maid (FDW)
Training an Indo domestic maid (FDW) - Dec
Training an Indo domestic maid (FDW) - Jan
My views - related to articles/news
Pampered maid
Employers faced unfair policies
Domestic maid's off day
Cost to hire FDW
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Hiring a maid for my special needs child
Spore Maids
Good life FDW vs the Poor. Who don't enjoy the privileges of foreign maids?