23 Jun '11, 12am

Our reader says giving maids a day off may not be in their best interests as they will spend more and save less.

I REFER to the proposal by Madam Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, to make it mandatory to give maids a day off every week ('Consider law to give maids a day off every week: Halimah'; Monday). As much as employers like myself will like to give our maids a day off per week, we are concerned that it may actually not be in their interest. With four days off a month, they will incur more expenses. Many maids who have a day off a week end up not only sending less money home, and having little or no savings, but also incur debts by borrowing from other maids to cover expenses. They may also become resentful that their pay is not able to pay for their entertainment on these days off. Some maids may also work illegally on their days off. This puts them at risk of abuse from those who employ them illegally and also put their legal employe...

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