This page is about new maids (FDWs - first timers, have worked from days to a few months in Spore) are human beings too, they can be good or bad. But how many of you felt maids can't be that bad or cruel?
FDWs are born to be kind by nature?
Sweet ... naive ... demure/submissive, looked like harmless, vulnerable, suppressed ... are you still living in ancient age and thinking FDWs are basically plain and nice girls (unpolluted) from suburb, from a poor family and have a good heart (not wicked) by nature?
If FDWs are bad or did something bad to the employer, your first reflex is that maid was ill-treated, what she did was just paying back... revenge is not a crime?
You cheered such maid for being so 'courageous'? How about maids who have worked only for weeks? Do you intend to find excuses for her fault such as she's stressed, homesick, not given enough time to adapt, employers didn't give enough concern, culture shock and/or have mental problem? Maids who have gone through 'agency's in-house training' are taught how to fight for their rights, say 'send me back to agency', pretend homesick, over stressed to get a repatriation (free ticket home) .... even without off days or 24/7 mobile phone usage, she knows what is to her advantage and how to runaway from 'problems/hard work' or a 'demanding' boss/suppresser.
FDWs can be very scheming, just like any other human beings in this world, eg You and I. Don't belittle or look down on FDWs' intelligence! Time for you, the hardcore activists, ministers of Spore to wake up and stop thinking employers are one-sided bullies! Employers need protection, you've short-changed us and too harsh on us. Those bad ones are punished for their own bad doings. What about Employers? You're sending a clear message to needy (those who relied on FDWs to help, not RICH so that we can work full-time and live a more sustainable life) and nice Employers , we're penalised (Ministry of Manpower's unfair policies) for employing maid. When will you change your selfish mindset and be fair to us?
Winter: Police wasted their time and resources to find a runaway Indonesian maid. Employer lost her recruitment fee and still required to pay for her runaway maid to go home-sweet-home. Indonesian new maid claimed ill-treated yet could use her employer's computer and do sneaky things so is she a liar, scheming her way to get home at her employer's expense? No matter what type of bad maid you've employed, the unfortunate the employer will have to bear the losses, inconveniences and headaches.... not forgetting finger pointing from activists like HOME. Fair?
Police spend 8 hours searching for Indonesian maid, Mypaper, 3 Feb 2016
An employer, worried for her runaway maid's safety, called the police, who reportedly searched eight hours for her in a jungle, only to find out that she had gone to a shelter for maids.
The 60-year-old employer, a housewife who gave her name only as Madam Ye, had woken up on Jan 8 to find her maid missing, Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday. The Indonesian maid, 25, whose name was not disclosed, had worked for less than a month.
She left behind a note, in which she repeatedly apologised to her employer, saying that she decided to leave as she could not bear the stress. "She kept saying sorry, saying that she'd taken jam, bread and an old watch, which she shouldn't have. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry reading it," Madam Ye told Wanbao. Later, a backpack belonging to the maid was found at the back of her bungalow in Bukit Batok.
Afraid that the maid had ventured into the nearby jungle, Madam Ye called the maid agency for help, and was told to wait 24 hours before calling the police. She informed the police on Jan 10. She said two teams, accompanied by police dogs, searched the jungle from 9am to 5pm that same day. Finding no leads there, the police checked closed-circuit television footage from nearby shops and determined that the maid was not in the jungle.
The next day, the police discovered that she had been taken in by non-governmental organisation Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home). After negotiations, the maid requested to be sent home and Madam Ye paid for her plane ticket. "I did not mistreat her at all. There were many things she couldn't do. I would even help her out," she said. She added that she spent about $5,000 hiring the maid and does not dare to employ maids anymore, as they "just up and leave, leaving me dejected and wasting my money".
Madam Ye said police investigations revealed the maid often used her employer's computer to access Facebook. She thanked the police for their efforts and professionalism for "working on a hot weekend". A manager at the maid agency, who gave her name only as Ms Zhang, told Wanbao that it is uncommon for maids to run away, with only about 5 per cent of the maids at her agency doing so.But she added that many maids think they can handle the job before coming here.
Asked why the maid had run away, Jolovan Wham, executive director of Home, told My Paper yesterday that she had alleged ill-treatment but "did not wish to report it as it wasn't serious". She also claimed she was "scolded a lot".
Another case of maid not punished by law. This Indonesian maid has only worked for TWO MONTHS. If the rapist is a man, how will the law deal with such an evil person? Maid with sexually transmitted disease and intentionally tried to ruin a teenage ... disappointed with the way activist (showed sympathy)/law in Spore.
Maid jailed for sex with employer's teenage son, Straits Times, 23 Sep 2015
A domestic worker has been jailed for 10 months for having sex with a minor half her age.
The 28-year-old Indonesian woman admitted on Monday to having sex with her employer's 14-year-old son in their house on Sept 5. Neither party can be named due to a gag order.
The court heard that the woman came to Singapore in late June and started working for the boy's family on July 3. At about 7pm on Sept 5, the boy was at home with the woman and another foreign domestic helper. His parents and his uncle, who lives there, were not at home at the time.
The Secondary 2 student was showing card tricks to the woman when she tried to hug him, but he moved her hand away. Later, he went up to his room. The woman followed shortly after. He was seated when she approached him from behind and kissed his cheeks and neck. He stood up and tried to walk to the door. However, before he could leave, she hugged him and began to undress.
Stunned by what was happening, he did not resist. She then removed his clothes, led him to his bed and had sex with him. She stopped when she heard the boy's uncle come home. The boy later told his father what had happened and his mother called the police.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai cited aggravating factors when he asked the court to impose at least 10 months' jail on the woman. He said there was breach of trust and a wide age disparity between the parties. She also had unprotected sex with the boy - which, in itself, was reprehensible - when she had been tested positive for Chlamydia trachomatis, a sexually transmitted disease.
"It could have been sheer luck that the boy was eventually not infected, but the fact remains that she put the boy at risk of being infected, and an adverse inference should be drawn against her,'' he said. The woman, whose sentence was backdated to Sept 7, could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for having sex with a person under 16 years old.
Fadly Azad -- Only 10 months? If its the opposite and its a guy, confirm go in at least a few years.
Jacob Blue -- Why is it "having sex". Why isn't it considered rape? Cos the victim is male?
Lynus Martin -- 10 months only ? And that boy caught std! !!!!! Hello judge wake up what if it was your kid
Yang-Zhuo MeiYan 28 years old man forcefully make out with a 14 years old girl = rape = jail + caning
28 years old woman with STD make out with 14 years old boy NOT = rape = 10 months jail ONLY
What sorcery?! As a woman myself, I feel this punishment is unjust.
Anna Chung -- The woman could hv been jail up to 10 years, so why 10 months? WHY WHY??
Angie Liu -- 10 months???!!! Wat kind of msg r we sending to maids who commit hideous crimes? To put a child thru that ordeal n who may hv contracted sexually transmitted disease fm her is to say the least, a despicable crime. And she attacked a minor, for goodness sake!
Ambrose Cheng -- Heng ah only give 10 months. Why?
It's a bigger punishment than 10 years. She's a foreigner; the longer she's jailed here, the more our government pays to keep her safe behind bars, fed and taken care off.
Now she's given a just sentence, has a permanent record against her which will affect her internationally, and will probably never be able to step foot in Singapore again.
A short sentence is probably just as bad, if not worse, for her because she ain't a local. just thinking out loud
Elana Sims Chan -- Horrific ! We have similar crimes of sexual offences of kids molested or abused by Foreign Domestic Workers , not many but equally disgusted, and shocking. Likewise there are employers who were sent to jail for abusing their helpers. The most infamous one was imprisoned for 5 years (Erwiana Case)
Diana Wong -- Jailed for ONLY 10 mths for having sec with an undersigned boy.
Why No jail term for putting the buy's future at risk when she is aware she is suffering from a Chlamydia Trachoma tis & that she MUST inform the other person before having sex ???
Richardo Link -- She thought she could enjoy free sex in the comfort of the boy's bed whenever she like. Now she can have them with her fellow inmates in the cell.
Benjamin Alexander Cai -- 10 months? Imagine if a male maid does this to a 14 year old female.
Kwok Ying Ying -- The scarier thing is she can change to a new name and come into SG again if she wants to after her jail term
Sherry Sherry -- SHE 'MURDERED'N RUIN THE YOUNG BOY WITH THE DISEASE WITH HER LUST.
Doris Yam -- Last time, we were poor but mother always around. Now, mothers are encouraged; to go for jobs. So; leave their precious children to the Maids!
Whats the point of giving birth to children? No wonder maids are highly demanded in our nation now. Whose fault!???
Vincent Hor -- Its so scary , who know some domestic helpers already infected with .... before they come. Medical checkup should include sd ....
Jane Tan -- So sad but seriously....I'm not surprised at all these things happen. The rate that so called 'rejected' helpers (for petty crimes that aren't serious enough to jail them) are being rehired within months of being sent home is so high that until something serious like this happens, do the police bother to do something about it. Hopefully immigration won't be dumb enough to let her come back again.
Dawnn Tan -- Why isnt she cane for it?
Daryl Tan -- Sex with underaged should work both way..cane & heavy sentence.
Albert YM Lee -- It is rape by a woman on a male.
Serangoon flat fire: Maid arrested for mischief by fire, The New Paper, 1 Feb 2015
Worried that her maid would have no clothes to wear after she was discharged, Mrs Gina Ong said she bought new clothes for her.
"But police told me not to see her," the 32-year-old interior designer added.
She soon found out why. At about 3.30pm yesterday, several police officers went to her flat on the 10th storey of Block 506, Serangoon North Avenue 4, with the 28-year-old woman from Myanmar in tow.
They took the maid around the gutted unit and emerged after about 1½ hours. To Mrs Ong's shock, the police had put handcuffs on her maid.
"I can't believe it," said Ms Ong in tears as the maid was led away.
They hired her for 11 days, but she will end up costing them more than 100k to fix their house. Maid admitted to the police that she started the fire in the living room, then went to the room of the employer's young daughter where she burned the mattress. She also allegedly told the doctors at the hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation that she was very happy. Employers are distraught, and say they have been nothing but nice to the maid. They bought her clothes, a new bed, new pillows and a blanket. But she burned down their house.
Maid jailed for stamping on employer's foot, causing fracture, Straits Times, 29 Jul 2014
A Myanmar maid who hit a 66-year-old retiree with a bamboo pole and stomped on her foot, causing it to fracture, was sentenced to three months' jail yesterday. Myanmar national Cing Sian Huai pleaded guilty to hurting Grace Toh Ah Bay on April 27 in a Bedok flat, where she worked as a maid for the victim and her mother, Seah Cheng Poh, 93.
The court heard that the incident happened when Cing refused to continue cleaning the dishes after Madam Toh scolded her for not doing a proper job. The 24-year-old maid then said she did not want to continue working and insisted on returning to the employment agency immediately. Madam Toh, however, refused to unlock the gate.
Madam Seah told Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News what happened ....
After the three women went to church in the morning, Cing went out on her own and returned to the flat at 8pm. Madam Toh asked her to wash the dishes, then scolded her for not doing it properly.
Cing refused to continue washing and said she no longer wished to work for them.
An argument broke out between her and Madam Toh.
Cing said she wanted to go back to her employment agency. The court was told that she tried to leave the flat but the gate was locked. When Madam Toh refused to let her out, Cing got hold of a bamboo pole and smashed it against the gate until it broke. When Madam Toh tried to calm her down and told her to sit down, Cing used the broken pole to hit Madam Toh thrice on the left hand. She then stamped on Madam Toh's feet, fracturing the right foot. When Madam Seah tried to intervene, Cing pushed her backwards, causing the elderly woman to fall and hit her left thigh on a wooden chair. Madam Toh then phoned her brother, Mr Asher Toh Ah Hua, to come over, the court was told.
When he arrived, he asked Cing what had happened and she told him that she wanted to go back to her maid agency. He called the Singapore Civil Defence Force for an ambulance, who in turn alerted the police. Recalling the incident, Madam Seah told Shin Min: "She took a pole of about 40cm and hit the metal gate of our flat. She kept shouting that she wanted to go home.
"I can't remember if my son reached us first or the police.
"When the police arrived, she was just sitting quietly in a corner without saying a word."
The victims were taken to Changi General Hospital where Madam Seah was warded for two weeks. Madam Toh was given two weeks' hospitalisation leave.
Three months after the attack, mother and daughter - who live on their own - still have trouble moving around. They have a new maid but Madam Seah still needs a wheelchair while Madam Toh relies on crutches when she goes out, reported Shin Min. It was Cing's first time working in Singapore and she had been with the household for only 25 days when the incident happened, Madam Seah said.
Cing, who was not represented, pleaded for leniency and told the court that she was very sorry for what she had done.
She is expected to be released from prison soon, considering the three months already spent in remand, and then repatriated home. The maid, who had no previous convictions, could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000 for voluntarily causing hurt.
Maid cleans employer out, The New Paper, 24 Jul 2014
Her list of ill-gotten gains read like a luxury catalogue, including branded bags like Hermes, Chanel, Prada and Gucci. And the maid did not just take them from her employer. She shipped them back to her Indonesian home in the same piece of luggage where she found the items.
Around $60,000 worth of valuables and more than $2,000 cash in various currencies were stolen from her employer and her family members over three months. What made her case worse was that she started stealing about a month after she started work, continuing until she was caught, said the judge presiding over her case.
Mellysa, 30, the Indonesian maid, was jailed yesterday for 14 months for five counts of theft.
Her loot also included clothing, branded accessories, jewellery and a Samsung smartphone.
Another five charges of theft of around $7,000 of cash in various currencies were also taken into consideration. Mellysa was employed by Madam Karen Yip Ka Ling, 47, and her family sometime in February in their condominium unit at Draycott Drive in Newton. She was frequently left alone in their home.
In March, around a month after she started work, Mellysa stole a Samsung smartphone from the drawer of Madam Yip. On April 29, she was cleaning Madam Yip's bedroom when she came across a piece of luggage containing around $58,000 in cash and items. Among the items were a Hermes bag worth $18,000, a Chanel bag worth $15,000, a gold necklace worth $1,800, five leather jackets worth $12,000 and two sets of bedsheets worth $1,200.
The maid kept all the items in the bag and then engaged a delivery company to send it back to her Indonesian home. She also stole cash from the wallets of Madam Yip's husband, son and his girlfriend between March and May. Madam Yip initially discovered that money and other items had gone missing from her house in March, but did not suspect anything. It was only on May 29, when more things went missing, that she began to suspect that her maid had stolen them.
Two days later, she confronted Mellysa and found her smartphone in Mellysa's bedroom. A delivery receipt for the luggage was also found in her possession. When confronted by Madam Yip, Mellysa admitted to shipping her employer's things home. Madam Yip then called the police and Mellysa was arrested.
The following cases took place this year, not something that I dug out ages ago. Maids have mobile phones and are very 'sociable', thus well-informed. Certainly not country pumpkins or will be easily lost in modern Spore. How can you, the self righteous and blinded people think employers have wronged them and mistreated/underpaid them? Go and visit the maid hubs in Katong Shopping Centre, Bt Timah and Far East Plaza, chit-chat or pretend you're a prospective employer, find out what modern maids want, her big unrealistic dream, how long she has worked for each employer and how many FDWs are demanding 24/7 mobile usage (claimed this is part of human rights or she wants her 'family' to stay connected with her at any time), as well as weekly off days to 'rest'. Seeing is believing. Dig your ears and hear their beautiful lies and dreams. Go shop around the maid hubs and see the truth, as well as the 'faces' of the hungry maid agencies.... everything ok, all their maids are great but employers were bad, FDWs almost flawless! See how sweet and accommodating some transfer maids appeared to be when you state some unattractive job scope or 'harsh terms' such as restricted mobile usage, cannot take off strictly on Sundays, look after bedridden, do chores and childcare at home (no errands to run) with ah mah or employer, you have 3 children, you're a clean freak or takes hygiene seriously, etc.
3 April 2014 | STOMP
Stomper Jothi was shocked to discover her gate and front door unlocked and her domestic helper missing when she returned home after a week long holiday on Friday, March 21. The Stomper called the police, and later discovered the helper had gone to her agent's home.
Jothi told Stomp over the phone that she canceled the helper's work permit and bought her a plane ticket home. She revealed that she lost about $1,500 in total, including the cost of the plane ticket and a deposit. Jothi said the maid had been working for her and her husband for about two months, and seemed normal and happy.
Jothi wrote in an email to Stomp:
"After 8 days of holidaying with my parents, I returned home exhausted on Friday, March 21. My joys upon reaching home were short-lived as I entered a house left completely open and vacated by the helper who had ran away.
"She had taken all her belongings and abandoned my house. I returned at around 8am, and was shocked to find an unlocked gate and main door. "I could not imagine how many people could have easily walked into my house and walked out with my hard-earned possessions. I called the police who kept on asking what was lost. I really did not know at that point in time as I was too stunned to think.
Jothi was worried about the maid, whom she describes as innocent looking, and still had to go down to the police station to make a report.
"I kept repeating that my maid was gone, and I still had to go to the police station to satisfy part two of the police report. I was numb with worry as to what could have happened to the maid who had looked innocent and did not speak or understand English although her biodata had stated she was good in English.
"It was not until about 6pm that the agent messaged me and informed me that the maid was at her house. I was shocked as this was the second time such a scenario had taken place with the same agent, the first time involving a different maid. Jothi wonders where the maid was the whole day before appearing the agent's home, and also claims the maid had lied about her previous work experience.
"When did she leave my house and why? Where was she the whole day and how did she conveniently appear at the agent’s house after so many hours?
"There are no children at home and what would have made her leave an empty house without any work for 8 days? "After she had stayed at my place for three weeks, I found out from a conversation with the maid that she had never worked before as she had lied that she spoke Korean instead of English, even though it was stated in her biodata that she had worked for a Korean family for two years and looked after an old lady for a year.
"When I asked a friend to translate in Korean what I wanted her to do, the maid could not understand nor say the simplest word in Korean."