04 Jul '11, 10pm

Give maids day off? Think of the employers, our reader says. "The more rules there are, the more stressed they become."

THE suggestion by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob to give maids a day off each week ('Consider law to give maids a day off every week: Halimah'; June 20) should be considered from another viewpoint: that of the stressed-out employer. The language barrier and cultural differences are some of the factors that add to employers' woes. While it is wrong for an employer to abuse a maid, one should understand why such a situation arises. For instance, the rules dissuade an employer from changing a maid even when she is found unsuitable. The more rules there are, the more stressed an employer becomes. The monthly cost of keeping a maid works out to some $800 now. There are mothers who earn only $2,000 a month and yet have to hire a maid to take care of the children. How can families like these fail to feel the stress when a maid fails in...

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