24 Feb '11, 7am

Take our poll: Is the maid culture getting out of hand?

A LETTER sent to The Straits Times forum pages, arguing that most families can actually do without maids, has sparked an emotional debate among Singaporeans online. In the letter, Ms Emily Leong argued that many working parents have come to see a maid as a necessity, not a luxury. 'I believe only two types of families cannot do without maids: Those with young children, and those with elderly or sick members,' she wrote. 'For all other families, there are many other options, such as day care, childcare or part-time help.' Ms Leong used to be a working mum who employed a maid to look after her children. She has since become a stay-at-home mum. Instead of sending her two boys - then eight and six - to enrichment classes, Ms Leong and her husband taught them to do housework, using it as bonding time for the family. 'Having a maid is an easy option,' she wrote. 'If our children...

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