The Online Citizen

“I think you need sex”, says employer

June 07
09:30 2011

Deborah Choo/

Whenever Jasabelle (not her real name) forgot to do her chores, her employer would threaten to rape her.

“Sir would say: ‘I think you need sex then you can start remembering the things you need to do.’” Jasabelle told TOC.

The 24-year old Filipino foreign domestic worker begun working for her employers – a young couple in their thirties  – in September 2009. The sexual harassment begun only one year into her employment, but before that, Jasabelle was already facing problems with her employer’s wife.

According to Jasabelle, ‘Ma’am’ was always looking out for ways to deduct her salary; if Jasabelle woke up late for say ten minutes, she would be instantly slapped with a penalty fee of $50. If she ate her lunch without asking for permission, she would be fined according to the price of the food. The amount she began to owe her employer began to snowball. Within six months, her total fines went up to SGD $500.

“When she scolds me, Ma’am would always say that I will get retribution and it will go to my son and my family,” she recalled. (verbal abuses are neither covered by the Penal Code nor Employment of Foreign Workers Act.)

In addition, her employer usually delayed her salary payment for at least two months. When she asked her employer about this, her Mom tersely replied her: “You’re not allowed to ask me because this is my money.”

In December 2010, Jasabelle requested to Ma’am to return to her agency and was refused.  It was around that time the sexual harassment begun. What started as verbal taunts quickly turned into molestation.

According to Jasabelle, ‘Sir’ molested her for the first time in late January 2011. She was cleaning the master bedroom when he came from behind and groped her breast. In shock, Jasabelle almost screamed out loud but her Sir sternly signaled her to keep quiet as ‘Ma’am’ was in the bedroom’s toilet putting on make-up.

From then on, ‘Sir’ started molesting at every opportunity he had. His wife remained oblivious to the happenings at home. Jasabelle kept quiet at first, hoping that the molesting would end. But when the occurrences became more frequent, she finally mustered enough courage to warn ‘Sir’ that she would make this matter known to his wife. But even that was useless.

“He told me that if I dared to tell Mom, he will tell her that I seduced him,” she said.

Jasabelle next turned to her friend in the Philippines who advised her to cal both MOM and the Philippines embassy. According to her, the MOM officer she spoke to cut her off before she could finish giving her account and told her to settle her issue with her employer and the agency herself.

The embassy on the other hand suggested that she approach Humanitarian Organization of Migration Economics (HOME, a local migrant workers’ NGO). So with only $12 in her pocket, she escaped to HOME.

A police report has been made and the case of sexual harassment remains under investigation.

The case of salary dispute has also been resolved after HOME brought the case up to MOM. Jasabelle is now issued a Special Pass and is allowed to look for another employment.

It would take some time before she fully recovers from the ordeal. Jasabelle, who is married with one child has yet to tell her husband about what transpired.

“I am scared this will happen again with the next employer, but I pray it won’t,” she confides.

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  • pretentious

    The employer groping the maid is a very common occurrence, no need for the maid to make a big deal out of it. As long as the employer offers to give extra money for these additional perks, everyone is happy. No need to make a mountain out of a mole’s hill. Also, the maid may actually be enjoying it but wants to take advantage of the situtation by flaming her employer.

  • Agents Provocateur

    A minor quibble, but I’m pretty sure she’s saying “ma’am”, not “mom”.

  • Breaky

    pretentious 7 June 2011
    The employer groping the maid is a very common occurrence, no need for the maid to make a big deal out of it. As long as the employer offers to give extra money for these additional perks, everyone is happy. No need to make a mountain out of a mole’s hill. Also, the maid may actually be enjoying it but wants to take advantage of the situtation by flaming her employer.

    —————————————-
    You are a sick man, would you like a man to touch your daughter than give her money to keep quiet?

    If yes, let me know where you stay… i broadcast for you… *tsk tsk*

    By the way, you should go see a doctor

  • pretentious

    Let’s face it. Throughout history, every society has hierarchy. It is Singaporeans welfare that must come first. These foreign maids are not even Singaporean to begin with, and we can’t be worrying all the time about people who are beneath us.

  • Wine Bottle

    SIN….

    will make singapore more SINgapore

  • Nonsense

    this is sick to the core man… domestic helpers are also employees. we wouldnt want our employers to treat us like that man.

  • xyz

    Honestly, Filipino foreign domestic worker are not new in this industry, and Singapore is extremely stringent with mistreat of foreign maid. On another hand, Philippines embassy could not have turned a blind eye, it is ridicule.

  • p

    Whoever says molestation, and/or sexual harassment, is minor does not know how traumatic it can be!

    Everyone is making an honest living. Keep your hands to yourself and never bully; if the reverse happens to you, wouldn’t you wish you are protected too?

    If you can’t get along with your maid/employee, change. Don’t resort to dirty tactics; they are humans too.

    Have a heart for others…

  • James Jan

    is “pretentious” serious about his/her comments?

    Something is REALLY wrong with Singapore if this is how the majority of Singaporeans think on these issues.

  • Tf

    This is just the maid’s side of the story. We never will know what actually did and didn’t happen.

  • TWONG

    Sick of some responses to the report on maid ‘s dilemma here . Women victims regardless of profession should be educated and not behave like a victim to such animals . They should cut the balls of such animals and feed it the dogs .
    Animals like this understand this kind language .

  • mice is nice

    this is why the balance of power cannot tilt too far to the employer side. local employees are treated as cogs, foreign maids do get it worse.

    maids work alone & face their difficulties alone, the isolation can be a ticking timebomb if not handled tactfully. i hope all employers know this, as there were cases of child abuse by maids who take their frustrations out on babies or little children.

    as for this case, if true, the “sir” should be blacklisted from hiring maids, the “ma’am” should be sent for counciling.

    not sure if that “sir is a gangster till maid dun dare to report… imagine working for Yakuza, lol….

  • yeoman

    Jasabelle next turned to her friend in the Philippines who advised her to cal both MOM and the Philippines embassy. According to her, the MOM officer she spoke to cut her off before she could finish giving her account and told her to settle her issue with her employer and the agency herself.
    =========================================

    well,if this case is true,then the question here is woould MINISTRY OF MANPOWER simply tell a female ‘FT’ to resolve the problem herself with her emplpoyer as well?

    double standards.

    i think,in so many various ways,our govt seem to have a fetish for FTs,even when compared to SINGAPORE CITIZENS ,not to mention compareing to a ‘mere’ maid in this case?

  • cg86

    @Pretentious,

    I do hope you do not have daughters/sisters/wife. If in the future they in their own workplace gets sexually harassed by their employers, I hope you can be so disgustingly nonchalant about the violation of a woman’s rights.

    She is a FT. She is on the lower level of the pyramid. She is also a human like the rest of us. She deserves her rights to be protected just like any woman deserves to be protected.

  • Gorillacurry

    pretentious 7 June 2011
    The employer groping the maid is a very common occurrence, no need for the maid to make a big deal out of it. As long as the employer offers to give extra money for these additional perks, everyone is happy. No need to make a mountain out of a mole’s hill. Also, the maid may actually be enjoying it but wants to take advantage of the situtation by flaming her employer.

    —————————————-
    You are a sick man, would you like a man to touch your daughter than give her money to keep quiet?

    If yes, let me know where you stay… i broadcast for you… *tsk tsk*

    By the way, you should go see a doctor
    ______________________________________
    Hmmm… I also want unless his daughter looks like a pig.. I’m not into pig rooting…

    @Pretentious, while you are free to express your obviously backwater thoughts,leave it at home, molest your own maid in private, pay her if that’s the arrangement but please .. leave your countryside, incestuous, hillbilly obviously deviant sick attitude back in the gutter, and only in your head it belongs..we really don’t need that kinda “support” as a response to a problem that happens more often than we know. -I-

  • thomas

    Sounds like guys like pretentious are the types that’ll abuse their maids and think it’s all right. Hope he gets nabbed by the police and thrown into jail.

  • Joe

    What’s with all this employers? I’m sure you do not want your boss to treat you in the same manner as well.

    And dear Pretentious, you mean you do not mind others doing such act on your daughter(s) or sister(s) as long as they are ‘paid’?

  • mystique

    pretentious- you’re a sicko wacko bastard.

  • Poper@SG

    pretentious said “The employer groping the maid is a very common occurrence, no need for the maid to make a big deal out of it. As long as the employer offers to give extra money for these additional perks, everyone is happy. No need to make a mountain out of a mole’s hill. Also, the maid may actually be enjoying it but wants to take advantage of the situtation by flaming her employer.”

    It just showed how morally low a person is to utter such justification..

    Sick b**t**d.. or sick rich b**t**d perhaps..

  • tuesday

    Pretentious’ comments make me sick to the very core.

    “Let’s face it. Throughout history, every society has hierarchy. It is Singaporeans welfare that must come first. These foreign maids are not even Singaporean to begin with, and we can’t be worrying all the time about people who are beneath us.”

    Just shows what kind of ugly person you are, with what kind of upbringing. Pity your kids, they’ll be brought up like you, selfish, self-serving, narrow-minded, egomaniacal.

  • tuesday

    Pretentious:

    And just because you’re Singaporean doesn’t give you ANY RIGHT to mistreat anyone else, whatever nationality you are. My god, you’re beyond disgusting.

  • cg86

    The sad fact about Singapore: There ARE people like pretentious around.

    Disgusting beyond the abilities of English Language to describe.

  • raymond chiam

    Pretentious is probably the kind who go geylang very often and someone who objectifies women. I hope he suffer from erectile dysfunction

  • ahkong

    I am a singaporean and I find such behaviour of the employer man horrible and should be punished by the law.

  • Gray

    The sexual harassment is different from sexual molest. Personally, I was sexually being harassment by my lady’s boss and it was disgusting. I would have felt the same for the maid, however, if it is a sexual molestation, I would advise her to make a police report. Pack and return to the agency for a new employment. Let the law to take care of the employer.

  • happy

    pretentious’ remarks is outrageous! U definitely need to seek treatment for ur sicko mentality!

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  • MasonBoyi

    What was the ROOT in chain to this young couple react toward this Maid. IMHO, they know the Rules, They know their Rights, ….. likewise we all have been taught this way direct or indurectly thru’ the WAY been governed. Don’t blame this young Couple they are Singaporean Y generation. This will be happening ….. when the Nature of the Country is Rule by LAW in everything and using Fine or $ to control ppl. Think about it, if this is the same way we all been Bullied/Hammer upon. Do you see any compassion, love, or sincerity from the Ruling Party, the way the handle the society at large? Worst to come when we do not VOICE out for the CHANGE. Our future generations will are be RUIN with these syndrome direct or indirectly.

  • Jeremy

    Pretentious may be as ass for his nonchalant remarks, but the MOM employee is worse. Knowing the maid was violated, he/she did not alert her case to a higher authority.

  • lim

    If molestation had occurred, the correct advice would be to report this to the police at any police station or police post.

    The problem for maids is that it is very difficult to prove otherwise ie can’t tell when something has happened or not. In several cases, false accusations have been proven to be made due to contradictory accounts.

    Many times, potential false accusations can also arise due to the severe stress that maids go through (and in a few cases, mental issues play a part). The sign that maids ask for a return is already a sign.

    Although MOM can investigate whether there are living conditions issues and perhaps rectify these, once issues of molestation arises, it is often past the point where 2 parties can work together.

    Like any other employment contract, I think it should be fair terms to allow maids to terminate contracts with sufficient notice (eg 1-3 months). However, earlier termination costs should be pro-rated and these can be prohibitive even when pro-rated for the maid. However, I don’t think it is fair for employers to bear all the cost esp if maids are the ones that request breakage.

  • abc

    Singapore is blessed with practicing of free religious, and governed by a ‘everything’ goes by law and rules, unlike China worshiped Mao. The young couple is well educated but has lost the humility side. It is no way to treat the maid who is at their mercy.

  • popcorn

    Well, for all you know, Pretentious has been doing exactly that, molesting the maid and paying her off with money.
    Saves even going to the chicken or duck den. And now, boldly showing off, and now giggling at all the comments online.

  • june

    They are so “efficient” and “empathetic”. ” , the MOM
    officer she spoke to cut her off before she could finish giving her account and told her to settle her issue with her employer and the agency herself .”

  • sureesh

    Maybe pretentious is just pretending to be a sicko. That’s why he/she is calling himself/herself pretentious.

  • pretentious

    All here are missing my point:

    1. We don’t know what the maid say is true. Even if true, it could be consensual but trying to slander her employer and get compensation in return.

    2. The maid is not Singaporean. It’s not our business to worry about every damn foreign national that works in Singapore.

  • Elegance and Class

    Pretentious, say what u said here with your real identity…say it at your workplace, say it in your home, say it to your friends, if you really are proud of your words.. An unconfident and insecure man boosts his ego imaginatively and self-illusionary by suppressing others whom he though are “beneath” him.. in fact, the lowest of internal peace and holding zero inch of happiness is actually this pitiful insecure man himself…

  • Hardeepak

    A Filipina is not a fool. I seriously doubt the veracity of the story.

  • reservist_cpl

    This is why we should outlaw having stay at home maids. Automate every darn house and build some robot to clean everything, save all this trouble. The maids won’t get abused since they won’t be able to come here to work as maids any more.

  • Citizen

    From the above account, I find it incredible that both the MOM and the Philippines embassy did not take up the maid’s complaint. Is there more to the story? I find it difficult to believe the above account? Is something missing? Molest is a serious offence in Singapore.

  • Thomas Tan

    She never learn frrom Leticia bongnino, call the newpaper first not MOM..

  • Anakspore

    Why does TOC publish these fairy tales?
    The maid can go the embassy and from there make police report.
    Maid who runaway go to embassy not necessary to home. If
    this is true HOME should publish this in the main media! The
    public deserve to know the truth.

  • disgusted

    I am disguested by pretentious… yucky parenting…

  • disgusted

    he is in fact worse than the employer, because we do not know if it’s real or not. but pretentious mentality is indeed yucky. That’s real.

  • lobo76

    I understand all the righteous fury… but citizen brought up a valid point. Why did the MOM and the P embassy not do anything, when approached by the maid? Is the ‘story’ so common that MOM and the embassy have gotten sick of it?

    Remember that so far, we only heard one side of the story. If true, by all means be angry and punish the couple. BUT, only if it is true.

    To be honest, some parts of the story does sound a bit incredible… e.g groping her while wife is in the bathroom?

    As a point of interest, there has been cases of molest (I read of at least one, though not on maids) where it turned out to be false. The guy’s reputation, however, is forever tarnished.

    Tell me this, will you be keeping a close eye on this case until it is resolved? More likely, you have judged the couple ‘guilty’ and then forget about it. Should they ever be acquitted, you will still have the impression they are guilty. Hence, keep your mind opened first, and don’t judge until the truth is out.

  • Malibu29

    @pretentious, nobody here is missing your point. You clearly said “The employer groping the maid is a very common occurrence, no need for the maid to make a big deal out of it.”
    – Are you also one of those sickos who do such things?

    You also said “as long as the employer offers to give extra money for these additional perks, everyone is happy.”
    – You think the maid is a prostitute or bar hostess?!

    No words can describe how disgusted I am with your comments. Right, we don’t know how true this maid’s testimony is, but any morally ethical person knows that molestation is wrong and it leaves long-term emotional scars on a person.

    @lobo76, why is it so incredible for him to grope her breasts while his wife is in another room? Haven’t you heard stories about stepfathers raping their stepdaughters in the same room while their wives sleep?! As for MOM, they have never been very useful to begin with. Deal with them and you will know.

  • abc

    Generally, most of them speak in defense of maids’ vulnerability regardless it is true or false.
    - It is an extremely hard case, and it is better off not to have a maid.

  • 2 cents worth

    Pretentious, no one has missed your point. They just disagree.

    —————————————–
    2. The maid is not Singaporean. It’s not our business to worry about every damn foreign national that works in Singapore.

    —————————————–
    These things are happening geographically in Singapore.It also involves Singaporeans (the employers) so yes, it does affect Singapporeans.

    Let’s say you are on holiday and someone robs you or if you are overseas for work and someone mugs you, would you want the police of the foreign country to ignore the crimes committed because “it’s not their business”?

  • Carebear

    Lobo 76, I think MOM just could not be bothered to be honest. They are just paper pushers so they just want to pretend that there is no problem. I have dealt with them before. But then again, it depends on which officer you get, some are very responsive. Some are really pretty bad!

  • fpc

    MOM is unprofessional. I had a similarly bad experience. Terrible standards there.

  • pugdragon

    Quote from pretentious: “These foreign maids are not even Singaporean to begin with, and we can’t be worrying all the time about people who are beneath us.”

    That’s the kind of holier-than-thou the government imposes upon citizens. They’re too holy to be worrying about citizens “beneath” them. It’s because of discrimination that makes the world such a bad place.

    Also, it’s from my personal experience that MoM does not bother to do the slightest investigation about a company I complained about that withheld my salary & made me sign a contract through misrepresentation expressed by words but not on paper. MoM wasn’t interested in it at all. However, MoM took action immediately when I complained that the company paid me less CPF than it should. Self-serving organization, just like the government that precedes over it.

  • abc

    (To my understanding only) MOM takes care of the manpower in Singapore and not the welfare of the workers. It is useless to speak to them in personal grievance over work matters especially your contract is an outsource HR agency. Nowadays, it is ping pong, and not to make matters worse, it is better not to pursue over trival matters for fear that your name will be blacklisted (without your acknowledgement).

  • Sad State Affairs

    There does not seem to be much by way of employee rights. Not for Singaporeans, not for maids. Pretentious is a sad product of the system.

  • pretentious

    Someone previously questioned whether these maids were prostitutes or bar hostesses. The fact is many of them would love to be prostitutes and bar hostesses, as they would be earning much more. Which is why I’ve been saying these maids are just crying foul so they can get more compensation. Everyone has a price, and these maids are no different.

  • Eh

    @Pretentious, if those maids really wanted to be prostitutes or bar hostesses, why wouldn’t they want to? Why are they maids?

  • 2 cents worth

    Pretentious, I have a few questions for you.

    1. Why do you say that “The fact is many of them would love to be prostitutes and bar hostesses, as they would be earning much more” You know this because?? Or is it simply your own discriminatory viewpoint?

    2. You cynically assume that everyone has a price. Perhaps that is your own opinion. There are some things people will not do no matter the price and not everything is based on dollars and cents.

    3. “these maids are just crying foul so they can get more compensation.” That is akin to accusing them all of fraud. Can you back this up with proof? Yes some maids are guilty of what you say but how can you generalise?

    4. “These maids are no different” No different to what? To you who mistakenly thinks that everything is measured by dollars and cents?

  • pretentious

    Eh 7 June 2011
    “if those maids really wanted to be prostitutes or bar hostesses, why wouldn’t they want to? Why are they maids?”
    _______________________________________

    Simple, because they’re not good-looking or they don’t have good bodies.

  • pakmat

    There are many such employers in Singapore. They treat domestic helpers as slaves and this is sad. MOM must be strict on such employers.

  • RR

    Whether it is foreigner or Singapore, if our People can even distinguish what is wrong then this nation should fail.
    If this Singapore can’t even respect basic human right, then what do expect of the way that will treat their fellow men well.
    We are becoming a bully society, where we huha the elitist, prey on the weak.

  • Tell it like it is

    Reservist_cpl

    “Automate every darn house and build some robot to clean everything, save all this trouble.”

    Europeans don’t hv this & they don’t need maids bcos they have stay at home mums or part-time working mums. They can afford that, whilst SG HDB flats need dual fulltime income for 30yrs.

  • Non pretentious

    pretentious

    If that is yr attitude to treat those “beneath” you, I hope you are not a boss or manager at work. I dread to think you also make workers “beneath” you crawl thru yr legs to collect their pay. Even only one like you in modern, progressive, ’1st world’ SG, is one too many.

  • ang mo beng

    No doubt, Singapore is already a ‘upgraded’ white collar bully society, Gone are the ah beng type, the 60′, 70′ 80′ “righteous” ah beng type.. :<

  • A word for “pretentious”

    Did your maid at home refused to have sex with you for money? You did not have enough money?

    Are you Singaporean? If you are, it appears your parents and the local schools have failed to educate you. Granted there are “bad” maids but most of them are decent people just trying to make a living to support their family overseas. It is a big sacrifices for them not to be with their spouse and children. To say that all maids are willing to prostitute themselves for money is disgusting.

    Please grow up! Think carefully before you pass judgement on others.

  • Frank

    @pretentious
    you cannot simply assume that just because you love to be a prostitute, others are just as disgusting as you.

    you probably are either a porno addict or you had a troubled childhood.

    you really should see a strink.

  • Neutral

    Never trust women to frame a story because they tend to be grender bias. The uglier the woman, the story sounds more desperate and more religious.

    Let the police investigate. There is always two sides to a story – especially on sexual issues. Women are not always that…innocent

  • Neutral

    Why was my comment moderated? Because it was an unfavorable remark against women? Read the post above mine. Frank insinuated that pretentious was a porno addict and troubled childhood with no basis and you passed that? TOC is loaded with such baseless accusations against the government or anyone and everyone who disagree with each other.

    If you want to listen to the ground, be prepared to get dirt in your ears because, the ground is what it is… full of dirt.

    Now if you like your hypocrisy and prone to religious cleansing, get out of politics. Leave politics to adults, not kids.

  • Neutral

    As I have said before. Don’t trust women to frame a story. Singaporean women are more often than not, religiously inclined. The evident is when sexual matters are broached, the story becomes slanted. The predator is always the man, not the woman, why? You mean the maid was not looking forward to it? How would you know?

    Thus, leave matters into the hands of the police. The woman who frames the story has already concluded her judgment prior to investigation. Why? Like Frank said, is she masochistic? Was she deprived and jealous that no man hit on her?

    Your accusation is as good as mine.

  • Adam

    “Jasabelle is now issued a Special Pass and is allowed to look for another employment.”

    Now every maid knows the “trick” to get S-pass and get a short-cut to be a FT. They’ll easily earn 4X their pay as maid with an S-pass. Add this to the 900,000.

  • Agents Provocateur

    @Neutral, @Adam,

    Man, you two should be spots on a Comment Thread Bigot Bingo Card. ‘WOMEN ARE LYING WHORES’ and ‘GASTARBEITER RAUS’ respectively. You could be on television, maybe!

  • to pretentious and adam

    @pretentious: as a female I am extremely insulted. you disgust me. btw – “everyone has a price” – that is a rapists’s justification

    @adam: having worked on a no. of maid abuse cases I can quite certainly tell you that VERY extensive checks are carried out.

  • pretentious

    Naive, that’s what all of you are.

    What do you think these Filipino maids are doing every weekend at Lucky Plaza? Just to have a simple meal? Just to chit chat? WRONG. They’re there to get laid, and if they get paid in the process of having fun, even better.

    All these foreign workers here are whoring themselves in one way or another.

  • eaglefly

    LOOK HERE, THE GOV “LOVES” BEING SLAVE TRADERS, AND ITS CONFIRMED,

    LOCALS ARE PARROTING THE MASTERS !!!

    LOCALS ARE DAFT, GREEDY, AND BORDERING ON,

    “STUPID”

    NIL INTEGRITY, ZERO PRINCIPLE, NO MORALS, AND HAVE ZILCH COMPASSION FOR THE POOR….!!!!

    LOCALS ARE PLAIN THIEVES, JUST LIKE THE GOV !!!

    THIEVING THE POOR AND UNPROTECTED

  • sos

    Looks like pretentious is also a victim of sexual harassment too. He needs help.

  • Agents Provocateur

    @Pretentious

    Sir, I must confess my envious awe of your psychic prowess. To delve into the hearts and minds of so many people! Surely even Professor X should humbly bend his knee and seek your tutelage.

    Or… or perhaps you are the Supreme Investigator, who would put both Sherlock Holmes and Justice Bao to shame! No evil evades your sight! Nothing happens in all the hives of scum and villainy which eludes your notice! It is said that by mastery of the self it becomes possible to be present in many places at once – tell me, Great Master, is this the art which you employ?

  • Just a note

    I don’t think Filipino maids call their female employers ‘Mom’. It is an accented pronunciation of ‘Ma’am’.

  • lobo76

    eaglefly

    err… after saying all that, you’d have to be NOT a local, or else ‘stupid’ coz no one I know like to insult themselves.

    p.s I think pretentious is a troll, and you all are just continuing to indulge him by replying to his provocations.

  • THE MIGHTY PEN

    “Sex – even terrible sex – isn’t engineering. It’s a language.

    “Politics – even terrible politics – isn’t engineering. It’s a language.

    A son asked his father, “What can you tell me about politics? The father thought for a while and said, “OK, son, the best way I can describe politics is to use an analogy. Let`s say that I`m a capitalist because I`m the breadwinner. Your mother will be the government because she controls everything, our maid will be the working class because she works for us, you will be the people because you answer to us, and your baby brother will be the future. Does that help?” The little boy said, “Well, Dad, I don`t know, but I`ll think about what you said.”

    Later that night, after everyone had gone to bed, the little boy was awaken by his baby brother`s crying. Upon further investigation, he found a dirty diaper. So, he went down the hall to his parent`s bedroom and found his father`s side of the bed empty and his mother wouldn`t wake up. Then he saw a light on in the guest room down the hall, and when he reached the door, he saw through the crack that his father was in bed with the maid. The son then turned and went back to bed.

    The next morning, he said to his father at the breakfast table, “Dad, I think I understand politics much better now.” “Excellent, my boy,” he answered, “What have you learned?” The little boy thought for a minute and said,
    “I learned that capitalism is screwing the working class, government is sound asleep ignoring the people, and the future`s full of crap.”

  • abc

    haha!!!

  • lobo76

    THE MIGHTY PEN

    it was not until towards the end, did I see the relevance to the thread. =)

  • Jay

    @pretentious

    Just because your personal moral compass is ruled by the dollar sign doesn’t mean everyone else’s is. The world just be rid of people like you.. someone waves a dollar bill and you follow them around like a dog. Who knows what your capable of?

    And just FYI, not all prostitutes are good looking or have nice bodies. If these women wanted to be prostitutes they could be, because there’ll always horny, disgusting men willing to sleep with them. You think all prostitutes look like victoria’s secrets models?? You must be 13.

  • Joke

    @jay

    Tell me who is not horny? Your parents? If they are not horny, we would have been spared by an idot like you.

  • Mike

    Pretentious,

    You seem to be a very troubled and resentful person with your expressions and attitude.
    Nit surprised. Must be the sort of family that you come from. You talk about people who are beneath you when it is you who are one under- under a mountain of debt, under the better people in society, under classed and under educated.

  • icedwater

    Lobo76: thanks. Let’s all stop feeding the trolls.

  • connie

    Why was a picture of a girl with greenish tinted eyes used?
    Her startled eyes reminded me of the Bhopal cover girl.

  • Passerby

    For all we know, Pretentious could be the employer in disguise trying to exonerate himself, or trivialise his acts. If what he said are his genuine thoughts, someone pls hunt him down and publish his picture

  • Alan

    What is happening to MOM? Make a complain to them abt a dormitary in a terrible condition that even the indian workers cannot take it anymore and are falling sick. After one week no reply, call them again say it is still under investigation and they will not reveal when they will take action. Two week ard still waiting….. Fed up call NEA on monday, at least they respond immediately but came back with a reply to say the place in gd condition. I tell them are u sure? Need me to send u the pics of the toilet flooding with urine . They ask me which floor ??? What is happening to SG ?

  • BelleC

    I used to work in an organisation and had chance to mingle with domestic helpers. Moat of them have dreams to earn more for their families, in an honest way, so do not presume they are happy to sell themselves for more. They are lonely, pitiful and poor, do you think they enjoy leaving their husband and children at home country to travel thousands of miles to work, with a high chance of broken marriage after 2 years staying apart.

    Please be more compassionate with them, I agreed they might be slow and forgetful at times, as an employer, you might tell them properly and guide them with the right attitude.

    Do you enjoy your boss punishing you in the same way?

  • Conservative

    Pretentious’ comments make me utterly sick and disgusted to the core. Smacks of chauvinism, bigotry and ignorance. Just because she is a maid and a foreigner does not make her “beneath us”. We are only Singaporean, not too long ago we were worse off than our neighbours. May we never forget where we came from and not treat our standard of living as a basis to degrade and demean others because they earn less than us or come from a different country. Absolutely disappointed a fellow Singaporean thinks like this.

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  • Conservative

    And just because something is “a common occurrence” does not make it okay. Can’t believe I even breathe the same air as you.

  • Blurking

    I’m glad TOC published an article like this to raise civic awareness. Anyone who is unperturbed or apathetic or cynical about this maid’s plight is not worthy of being a true Singaporean. I hope there aren’t many people around us who thinks and acts like pretentious. What a shame.

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  • Ex Boss

    There are real cases that maid make false statement to accuse employer of molest & rape. They just want to get home or change better employer with lesser work. When they realize that this is not a place she thinks can enjoy or place for holiday. They also pretend being abuse if they are found mishap, very good actress.

  • JAN

    So HOME rescues the damsel in distress and advertise for donation. haha what a joke. is this some sort of advertisement or what.

    Well, I hope Jasabelle is not working for HOME as a volunteer to run errands for them. In case you are not aware, HOME uses maid on Special Pass (the smarter ones) to accompany other maids around.

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    If you wish to support HOME by giving donations, please click here.”

  • Chris

    I think Singaporeans should really stop thinking that they are more superior than other nationals, especially those of our neighbourhood countries, if we want to treat us as an international country. Maids are just employees, like all of us. They work hard to earn money and they deserve others’ respect. THEY ARE NOT IN A LOWER STATUS THAN US. Actually, this reminds me of once LKY said during the GE that because of our “good” government, Singaporeans did not end up with being maids for other countries. What’s wrong with working as maids in overseas, if this is their jobs? This comment is so childish that you will never heard from any leaders of big countries.

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