Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Maid Abuse : Singapore's Shame...

A few days ago, Singaporeans were greeted by this dramatic news about a maid who escaped from her abusive employer by climbing from the window of a 5th storey HDB flat. The maid had lost 13kgs over the 4 months period she worked with the family - the had reduced her meals to 2 a day, beat her with an stick until she was close to fainting and [Link]scrubbed her mouth with metal wool. ...shocking.


Jul 28, 2002 SINGAPORE - Muawantul Chasanah weighed 50 kilograms when she first arrived in Singapore two years ago, a slightly built 17-year-old recruited to the big city state to work as a housemaid in a job that would help support her village family back home in Indonesia.By the time she died last December, she was just 36 kilograms and her emaciated body bore the scars of 200 separate injuries.Repeatedly bashed by her employer with his fists, a cane and a hammer,
burnt with cigarettes and scalded with boiling water, the young woman's skin had been turned into a patchwork of scars, bruises and open wounds."There were so many times I beat her, I lost count of them," Ng Hua Chye, a 47-year-old tour guide, later told police.Muawanatul had also been starved, often given only packets of instant noodles for her lunch and dinner, and it was hunger that provoked the assault that finally ended her life.Accused of stealing leftover porridge from Ng's infant daughter, the maid was kicked so severely that her stomach uptured.She died several days later of peritonitis, lying in agony in a vomit-stained T-shirt before police arrived too late to save her.
- LittleSpeck [Link]


If you do a search of the phrase "maid abuse" in Google (I did it via an anonymous proxy so that Google does not bias the search towards Singapore) you will find that the 6 of the top 8 results are links to articles about maid abuse in Singapore. Why do a small but significant number of Singaporeans treat their maids this way? ....

Before I discuss this topic further, I have to clarify that I've employed 3 maids in the past 10 years. There were all very different in terms of character, work attitude, honesty and intelligence. I was quite hesistant at first to hire a maid because I was worried about having a stranger in the house whom I wasn't very sure if I could trust but the household chores were getting harder to do as I got older. I got a few tips (mostly warnings and advice on how to 'control your maid') from my colleagues and found what I was told was a 'responsible' maid agency to employ the maid. My first trip to the maid agency was a bit of an eye opener - the owner of the agency was quarrelling with a couple....I could hear bits and pieces : "If you don't like the maid, just bring her back ....you don't HAVE TO TREAT HER LIKE THAT...I really don't want your business". The maid agency owner spoke to me later apologising profusely for keeping me waiting ...she explained that the couple had struck one of the maids on the head for making a mistake and that made her angry. She told me if there was any reason I didn't like the maid I was assigned, I can just bring her back and she would assign me another one. The first maid I hired was highly competent....not just competent, she was more intelligent than most Singaporeans - spoke 4 languages (Malay, English, Chinese and Korean). The only reason she was working as my maid was because she was retrenched from a S. Korean factory that paid her 2.5 times the salary she was getting from me. She had very high EQ and was very well liked by parents. All my fears and reservations about hiring a maid were totally unfounded. I almost never had to give the maid instructions - she was full of initiative and seemed to know what to do. I felt that she was completely underpaid and made up for it by giving her ang pows during Chinese New Year and a lump sum when she completed her contract. The day I sent her off at the airport, my mom had tears in her eyes....that was how much she was part of my family. I hired my 2nd maid from the same agency but things were quite different this time round. The first day I hired her, I found her eating on the floor of my kitchen floor...I knew I had to reset my expectations. The 2nd maid spoke little English, didn't know to operate common appliances and didn't know how to do many things that maids were supposed to be trained to do. Still I decided not to send her back to the agency and let her complete her contract. It took some time to train her and I encourage her to learn some English after she completed her chores. It took some time but she did get to the point when she was quite helpful around the house....along the way, she broke my computer speakers, washing machine, many dishes, etc ...I did tell her firmly to be more careful but did not deduct her pay or punish her further ...over time she did improve and was quite helpful around the house. When she completed her contract and was ready to go home, she had this happy look on her face because she would be bringing back what would be a substantial amount of money to help her family - I hope that she has good things say about her experience in Singapore. My 3rd maid who is still with me is average and sort of in between the other 2.
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Maids are paid about $300 per month yet some Singaporeans have high expectations of them - some even expect the maid not to make mistakes and punish them severely when they do. How would you like to be treated if you're paid $300 a month to do a job? Lets put it this way, there are people who make millions and get away with mistakes simply by calling them 'honest mistakes' or blaming others for their mistakes. I've heard of people deducting their maid's pay when the maid breaks something....you have to remember how painful it is for the maid when you deduct her pay ...she gets only $300 a month. Others are very suspicious of their maids after reading those dramatised juicy stories on the New Paper about maids bringing men to the house or maids having boy friends outside. For this reason many still refuse to give their maids one day off per week. I'm sure many of these stories are true because maids are also human beings - they can go astray just as married men, married women and teenagers go and do things they are not suppose to do....but how many of you lock up your husbands, wives and teenage children for the same reasons. You can't just jail people in your house because you think they might do something wrong. However, all these can be considered minor compared with the cases of maid abuse we read about so frequently in the newspapers....

Why are there so many maid abuse cases in Singapore??? I had coffeeshop discussions with a number of people and these were the reasons cited....

1. High Levels of Stress. I believe we have the highest number of massage chairs sold per capita in the world ....hmm we frequently rank the highest in surveys on stress levels. There are not too many outlets for people's frustrations and stress...hey they can't just go out on the streets to protest and let go. So things can happen when they get home all stressed up and find that their maid has broken something at home ....they might just explode.

2. High Expectations. Some people expect their maids who are paid $300 to operate at the same level of efficiency as themselves (who are paid $8k?). They become terribly disappointed and upset when their maids does something they think is 'stupid'...

3. High Levy. The govt takes a chunk (40%?) of what is paid to hire a maid. Our govt takes in one month for each maid what the Malaysian govt takes in one year as maid levy...and they don't have maid levy in Hong Kong. What the maid levy does is to accentuate the expectations gap - the employer pays a total of $600...but gets an inexperienced maid who is paid $300. This gap causes many problems.

4. Lack of Respect for Human Rights. We are taught to read and count in school...but how many have been taught what human rights are? I remember moral education in my day was about Confucian ethics - respect leaders, respect elders...nothing about human rights. Given that human rights seems a 'dirty phrase' and respect for human rights seen as religious fanaticism [Link] in Singapore, it is not inconceivable a small number people have no clue that people coming from 3rd world who are less educated and poorer than us have basic rights as human beings....they may not hit another Singaporeans but they think nothing of physically punishing their maids.

Our maids earn the lowest pay in the world[Link] and suffer from high cases of abuse....what does that say about Singapore as a society?

84 comments:

a kind of chicken said...

The minister earns a million dollars a year but thinks he is paid peanuts. Complains to his friends, says he can't understand why ppl grudge him his peanuts.... because there are others earning more!

The engineer earns $60k a year. Laughs at minister. What has he ever done to deserve his salary? Me, I am the one that is paid peanuts. Goes to the forums and complains about minister. Goes home and beat his maid.

His maid is paid $3.6k a year. What do u think she is thinking if she was reading these forums?

Lucky is right. We often think and act just like our ministars..... Yes, some of the stuff is because of environment. But we are ppl, we live. We can change it. Change ourselves. If we act just like our leeders, what right have we to complain if they treat us like maids.

Some say, but I dun do that, so its not my fault. Rubbish. The soceity u live in is your responsibility. What have u done to change it? When we say we a singaporeans and singapore should care for us because we are her sons, we also say we are singaporeans and whatever one of us does, we all bear some responsibility.

I know that I do not live up to my ideals... but... I think it is good that we should strive for them..... and should bear them in mind.

Anonymous said...

Woo... nice article. I also have a maid, who has been with us for 30 years, in my family, so I can identify with the article. I can think of two reasons why maid abuse is so prevalent in Singapore.

The stratification of Singapore society:

Singapore is a society stratified along social lines. How many times have we heard remarks that demean those of a "lower standing"? Think back to how teachers and parents warn you about becoming a road sweeper if you did not study hard. At the executive level, our politicians call us lesser mortals or unassuming leeches. Class stratification has become a major malaise and I believe it has even affected the normal citizens, many of whom now view maids as "lower-class" beings, rather than as equals.

I also feel that wages is a major factor. Most of the English-speaking, better qualified Filipino maids would rather work in Taiwan, HK or Europe because of the higher wages. As a result, most maids who come here are now poorly-educated Indonesians from rural areas. The lack of a common language and culture shock can easily lead to miscommunication, and that can in turn lead to more trouble.

Anonymous said...

maid levy is the problem lah.

how can the gahmen expect sinkaporeans to compete with employers from other countries when they pay as many peanuts when they hire maids, but yet still get lemons cos some of these peanuts are redirected to the gahmen's coffers???

what i wld really like to know is how much is the maid levy collected in a year, and how is it spent?

cost-recovery model or market-based subsidy model?

Anonymous said...

Let it be, let it be. People can be abusive of maids, can be short tempered, can be stressed, can be depressed, can be dishonest, can be thuggish etc etc.

What is most important is that they don't vent their frustrations in large numbers in the streets, which will embarrass the gahmen. All this should be confined to themselves, their home and among people close to or in contact with them. Then it should be OK.

And come election the majority know who to vote for.

Once this is achieved, all other issues are secondary.

mindy said...

I don't have a maid, but I read about the $5k security deposit that you'll lose if your maid gets into trouble and run away. I think that's the main reason why people who employ maids refuse to give them rights. Because of their $5k deposit at stake.

I wonder if other places like HK have these deposit bond in place that will be cheong gong if maids get into trouble.

Anonymous said...

good article!!!! reflects well.

Norman said...

I get the sense that a lot of people will automatically think of getting a maid when the children come. Sigh, how did our grandparents manage their families with 8 or more children?

Anonymous said...

I hv employed maids for close to 20 yrs and still hv one now. When we feel that a new maid is not working so well, we return her to the agent.

Maids do have their different temperaments and once they are not suited to the tasks in the household (care of bedridden or newborn or household chores,etc) it's better to employ another. This will not strain the relationship between employer-maid leading to anger and frustration for both.

We pay our Filipina $380 with off day and $450 upon contract renewal. With "better" wages, they are more motivated to work well. All of us are. It beats having to change and re-train.

I hv come across my own share of maids "in trouble", including pregancy. Just send back.

Personally, I think it takes a certain kind of character to actually lift one's hands to beat another human being living in the same household.

Lucky is spot on - many singaporeans are stressed out. It manifests in these maid abusers and road bullies. It doesn't help that we are a people used to keeping quiet, suppressing our feelings to keep up with appearances. :-(

Anonymous said...

cut and paste from LittleSpeck....

Unlike Singapore, Hong Kong - the region's other main centre for foreign domestic workers - has legislation enforcing minimum wages and working conditions and a tribunal that adjudicates complaints by maids.

In Hong Kong, the minimum wage for a maid is HK$3670 a month (A$847). In Singapore, unless the woman is protected by an individual contract, she can be paid as little as her employer chooses.

According to Wee, the average income of Filipino maids in Singapore is about S$300 a month (A$313), while Indonesians earn between S$160 and S$200.

But she says most Sri Lankan and Thai maids get considerably less and she is aware of one Bangladeshi maid paid just S$30 a month - far less than the global benchmark for dire poverty of US$1 a day.

It is not surprising, given such bargain-basement pay rates, that the number of foreign domestic workers in Singapore has more than doubled to 140,000 in the past decade.

Noodle sellers have maid

Now even bus drivers and noodle shop owners have full-time home help.
But the biggest beneficiary is the Singapore Government which, as well as requiring employers to post a S$5000 bond for each foreign domestic worker, imposes a monthly levy of S$345 - more than most of the women themselves receive.

Anonymous said...

u explained it best.

high stress, & the mentality to squeeze every cent out of the maid because it was forced upon them (need double income to raise family).

Anonymous said...

The stress argument is a valid one but what then drives us to vent our frustrations on our maids? That, I think, is an interesting question that is worth exploring. If stress is truly that significant a reason, I believe that there should be a general rise in violence throughout society, rather than solely that of maid abuse. Regardless of whether stress is a key reason or a convenient excuse, maid abuse is something that needs to be addressed.

Anonymous said...

I've got a good friend, a Chinese family. However, they do not allow their Indonesian maid to fast during Ramadan becos that will be an excuse to work less. Oh well, not exactly maid abuse? They are making sure she is well fed. What can I say, Human right abuse?

Anonymous said...

people whom abuse their maids to death should be sentenced to death. It is just plain, plain murder and torture.

Disgusting. I'm not surprised at the heartlessness of Singaporeans, but I do try to treat my maid (of which my mum is the employer) super nice and I give her all sorts of things I can afford.

Stress does not give the right for one to torture another. I don't think its the pay that causes, because the maids do find the income quite high, especially young, uneducated ones.

I think much could be attributed to the lack of human right present in this society. Doesn't help that it is a top down, bottom up approach of callousness.

Onlooker said...

Maid abuse like the FW (shipyard/ construction worker) is mainly caused by a levy system that does not take into consideration the wage that will be received by the recipients after they are employed by their employer.
But this problem should also be borne by the middle man ie maid agency and human traficking oops foreign labour Agency.

Something is wrong when the employer have to pay a levy that is significantly higher than the unspoken minimum maid wage ($300) that is really going into the hand of a maid.
But I'm more surprised that their fellow countryman who work in better environment(as blue/ white collar worker) who do absolutely nothing for them.

But I guess they had became uniquely Singaporean too.In addition to stalking stomp and newspaper forum.

BTW HK have foreign worker/ engineers who stand with the maids when they have been discriminated.
EG a recent satire article by a HK writer Tsao calling Philipine:- the Nation of Servants.the article about diao yu dao/tai whatever.

There have been documented case in maid importing countries like Malaysia and HK too.So the situation is not solely happening here.

The main point is they came here believing that they will get a better life here with the misconception that Singapore are a safe and well regulated country to work in only to discover the cake is a lie.

Anonymous said...

There are 140,000 maid, levy is $300 a month, then each year the collection is 504 million. More than enough to pay the salary of all the ministers. Not bad at all.

skeptic said...

It is part of the Singapore upbringing. As a child, how many times have your parents said that if you don't study hard, you'll become a road sweeper. As if there is something wrong with being a road sweeper. Another one of my 'fondest' memories in Singapore (during NS) is when a high ranking officer visited the camp, the lower ranking staff, smile and laugh a lot even when his jokes were not funny. They all act stupid in front of him.

We are trained to look down on people below and get scared of people above. That is what you get when you have a society that has an insidious hierarchical structure.

Rialce said...

Two reasons: lack of freedom and the SAF mentality. The lack of freedom in some people causes them unable to vent their frustration and they are thus being influenced by society to think that lower beings do not deserve their freedom, therefore they abuse their maids. The SAF mentality causes alot of sporeans to have a top to down ordering approach in various areas "Like obey my orders u fool stuff", making some feel alot superior to others. Along with stratification, it is disastrous.

Anonymous said...

Say what you want but I think the real victims are the children of today....raised and nurtured by maids from the slum!

yamizi said...

"Lets put it this way, there are people who make millions and get away with mistakes simply by calling them 'honest mistakes' or blaming others for their mistakes."

--- this is classic!

yamizi said...

to anon @ 1:34am,

yo, the house you're living was probably built by what you call 'people from the slum' too

what are you gonna do about it man?

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with beating up on the maid?

I have to put up with all sorts of flake at work too.

Anonymous said...

Singaporean are faced with so many stress from lost of job, getting a job, high living cost, debts, children education, training, competition with FT for a job......

So the stress relief, in order of greater effect, are:
1. Maid Abuse
2. Shopping
3. Eating
4. .....

Anonymous said...

aiya the maid is overweight lah, so the family instituted 'national service' to help the maid lose weight and be healthier lor. Must thank the family ok!!!

Anonymous said...

Why must our gahmen imposed so much maid levy ?? Other countires don't !! It affirms why they are called PAP .. Pay And Pay. So what do they do with the billions collected? Did they invest the money into Minbonds too like the Town Councils or does the money flows into their million dollars salaries ??

Chee Wai Lee said...

Lucky -

Good article! You missed out what I think is another key factor: Our society is not one that actively reminds foreign workers their rights. At the same time, the government does not appear to grant them many rights.

These people are treated like slaves, whether through official rules or through our societal thinking.

aiyah said...

we're all told to work, whether you're a mom or ... whatever. you don't really have the option of raising the kids yourself (if you're a mom) unless your husband brings in a lot of dough. for tt, reason, a lot of singaporean families have to employ maids to cook, clean, look after kids, etc. yet, "someone" has to impose maid levy even though this "someone" wants us to work till death do "work and us" part. and rem, we dun earn 3.2 million.

Anonymous said...

i am ashamed to be singaporean after reading some of the comments here.

nothing justifies the abuse of another human being. nothing. ever.

to come up with sorry excuses such as stress and (surprise, surprise) the government levy is just plain nonsense (and with regard to the latter, downright cheap and tasteless).

i say to those of you with such sentiments: go and get your heads checked.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insightful post. I have an indon maid and i always remember to treat her the way i wanted to be treated if i were to be in her shoes.
that is with kindness and respect.

she's intelligent, hardworking and aspire to be a teacher some day.. but life had been cruel to her..

Anonymous said...

Yeah, maid abuse real sucks. Heard there that there's a rights group that slams Singapore. Can go to http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news05_dec07_2005 to learn more.

khevoli said...

I'm very curious. Do you think it is possible at all to change the mindsets of employers? and how? should we start by educating the maids instead?

Anonymous said...

Who decides the basic minimum pay of the maid?

Every maid came into S'pore already comes with a "minimum pay" but our poor and lowly educated citizens don't even have a minimum pay.

Even "foreign imported talents like maids" are treated better than our poor and needy citizens.

Anonymous said...

Current maid levy is $170 for those qualified employers, $265 for others.

Maid insurance of about $245 will cover both "runaway" and "pregnancy" of maids.

Non-ex S'pore/M'sia maid from Indonesia is about $340 now, ex-S'pore/M'sia maid from Indonesia is about $380 now. Indonesian maids normally don't have off days which is better for employers, more off days more problems.

Price for Philippino maids now about the same as Indonesian maids.

MaidinSing said...

thanks for bringing these issues up. I am a maid in Singapore that has experienced poor work conditions (17hrs/day no break no off day, not allowed out of house, sexual harassment etc..)

I have started on blog on my experiences www.maidinsingapore.net

thanks for discussing these issues.

Cherry Hmung said...

It's interesting to read defferent opinions from Singaporeans. Four years ago, on the forum page of The Strait Times, I read one employer wrote why she couldn't give a day off to her maid. By reading it, I thought I'd better tell our side of story too. So I blog and post some of my diary while I worked as a maid in Singapore. If you are interesting to know our side of story, please give a visit to my blog http://mchmung.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

whoaa $170-265 goes to gov? maid got the highest tax then. why the weak group in society always got exploited? think gov have collected enough from tax and COE already.

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Anonymous said...

This is a human rights violation. Why this is tolerated in a first world country needs to be seriously questioned.

Psychological testing should be in order to measure and gague the mental stability of prospective employers interested in hiring domestic help.

These abusers are the same people who have no business breeding, owning pets, let alone hiring domestic help. It's a power-thing to these deranged people, and they thrive on controlling those who are powerless, be it animal or human. These are the same people who have no control over their own lives; therefore, they exert control over others, at any expense, be it including abuse.

These abusers are a critical danger to society, and should be locked-up for the safety of the general populace, at large. No such person of mental instability should bbe let loose on the streets.

Anonymous said...

For ur info. Maid salary is only $300? They remit back the money will be even more than maid working in their country. Plus we need to buy food, clothing and daily need for them. Even their own country working as maid also dont know they got that kinda of benefits. So stop ur nonsense. WE ARE NOT THE WORSE PAID COUNTRY! Try ask them to work in their own country or even msia.

wings said...

Rialce said...
Two reasons: lack of freedom and the "SAF" mentality.
can i ask? wht SAF stand for?

ALS said...

many commenters put the reason of maid abuse to stress/pay/expectations etc. this approach only serves to absolve the hirer of personal responsibility and puts the blame on external factors.

the truth is that we are all solely responsible of our actions, whatever the motive or reason.

The simple reality is that, in any relationship, we only get what we give. and if the relationship is not working, lets be mature and move on.

remember, no one intentionally wants a crappy life. everyone, including the maid, hopes for, and deserves, a happy life.

life is too short to be spent constantly faulting others.

Your's is an excellent article. You are rewarded with a good maid because you have treated them with respect and dignity, and thus they respond in kind to you. this starts with you, not them. but if they are not wise enough to respond, then you have to decide if you can accept this relationship.

a contract with any maid is not a permanent bondage. if it is not working, let them go and find another.

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Anonymous said...

The employer must ensure the safety
of the maid ,if they want them to doing the cleaning of the out side window.

The safety belt must be supplied to them and ensure working condition
or else the employer shall be punished just as employment act.

Fined and jail them accordingly.

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then what happens when the employer is abused?? maid uses children's handphones, denies till hundreds of dollars paid and found out all indo numbers, still she denies, and then turn back and says she wants to go back to indo after pouring oil down the drain causing blockage, how much do you think that costs the employer. stealing, even had the audacity to complain to MOM she was beaten and starved?? while looking soo pitiful in front of authority, who obviously suck in her sob story. whereas employer children was not fed properly. after months of trainings and changed rice cookers, washing machines, water boilers, cook stoves, fridge, pans pots and buying more plates. who do you think pays when all these maids breaks all of these, and yet singaporean have no choice to work to pay bills above their maids salary and levy. then who cares of children when both parents work??? so after taking back the maid from MOM, many months of chances the indo maid still steals from employers (no proof but children's savings still missing) and mess the house after the employers gives trust. who steps in to help employer against these types of maids, MOM besides just giving maids a stick for window cleaning, do they take responsibility for the maids actions. there are many maids who lingers at void decks, exchange numbers, facebook ids with bangla, and we employers are still paying huge amounts abv 500 to keep them happy so they can remain human. Isnt there a maid curfew when they start mixing at void decks in the afternoon and spoiling other new maids around the block? so what kind of stress do you think the employers face other than work, family? Not all singaporeans have the luxury give maids big ang pows, instead they have to bear their haywire maids so they can go to work while someone be with their aged parent or young children. and it has to be a maid since no siblings or relatives to help, mom? Singaporeans are the ones being abused here.

Anonymous said...

then what happens when the employer is abused?? maid uses children's handphones, denies till hundreds of dollars paid and found out all indo numbers, still she denies, and then turn back and says she wants to go back to indo after pouring oil down the drain causing blockage, how much do you think that costs the employer. stealing, even had the audacity to complain to MOM she was beaten and starved?? while looking soo pitiful in front of authority, who obviously suck in her sob story. whereas employer children was not fed properly. after months of trainings and changed rice cookers, washing machines, water boilers, cook stoves, fridge, pans pots and buying more plates. who do you think pays when all these maids breaks all of these, and yet singaporean have no choice to work to pay bills above their maids salary and levy. then who cares of children when both parents work??? so after taking back the maid from MOM, many months of chances the indo maid still steals from employers (no proof but children's savings still missing) and mess the house after the employers gives trust. who steps in to help employer against these types of maids, MOM besides just giving maids a stick for window cleaning, do they take responsibility for the maids actions. there are many maids who lingers at void decks, exchange numbers, facebook ids with bangla, and we employers are still paying huge amounts abv 500 to keep them happy so they can remain human. Isnt there a maid curfew when they start mixing at void decks in the afternoon and spoiling other new maids around the block? so what kind of stress do you think the employers face other than work, family? Not all singaporeans have the luxury give maids big ang pows, instead they have to bear their haywire maids so they can go to work while someone be with their aged parent or young children. and it has to be a maid since no siblings or relatives to help, mom? Singaporeans are the ones being abused here.

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Seastar said...

Thank you for the insightful article. I gave my 1st maid off day and handphone but she abused it. Within 1 month, she had more than 100 new contacts. I often found her still using phone to talk and sms during the mid night. Instead of going to English class, she went to see new boyfriend. at the end of her employment, she had 5 boyfriends at the same time. Sometimes we want to be nice to our maids, but if the person is not mature at all, it's very difficult but have to take all the privileges. With current maid, she was found stealing food incl my toddler's snack. She told lies. 1) I talked to her if she has any difficulties. Bought her snacks and make sure she has enough food to eat. 2) Once in a while will try to chit chat with her and to remind her of the consequences of stealing. Many of them can't think like us. Sometimes I feel that I am like their parent have to keep reminding them. But what to do? I need her help to take care of my young child. I call this as a "balance" between flexibility and being firm with the consequences. When we often talk about the basic rules and the consequences, hopefully they will think twice before decides to do it. Not easy at all...

Anonymous said...

i do believe that it always depends in the relationship between the empoyer and the maid.im also a maid here in singapore work with different family some of them are very strict thats why i realized that because of them also i have to lie they dont give a proper food without thinking how much job they wanted you to do at the whole day...but come to think of it now with my current employer i am not scared shes very understanding and open minded thats why i can tell her everything even having a boyfriend.And they conpensate me if im doing well my job they know how to appreciate, so in return im so happy to serve them work for them and takecare of them.

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