24 Jun '11, 12pm

Our reader says the Govt should not mandate days off for maids if it wants to raise the fertility rate in S'pore.

I REFER to Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob's call for legislating a weekly day off for domestic helpers ('Consider law to give maids a day off every week: Halimah'; Monday). I urge Madam Halimah to look at the issue from the perspective of an ordinary, Singaporean working mother. As a mother of a preschooler and an infant, having a domestic helper is probably the best solution for me as I would like to make full use of my hard-earned degree, remain in the competitive workforce and contribute to the nation's economic growth while supporting the Government's call to have more babies. Without a domestic helper to look after the children, one of the parents will have to stay at home. Amid soaring inflation, rocketing housing prices and a dipping total fertility rate, is it appropriate to consider a weekly day off for domestic helpers...

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