Employers, maids must be honest with each other

While there are laws to protect the interests and rights of maids, there needs to be careful discussion on whether the Government can play a more proactive role in protecting their employers, especially senior citizens.

Domestic helpers' biodata, containing information on their skills, work experience and willingness to perform certain caregiving duties, have been known to be unreliable.

There have been reports of underage maids securing employment here after falsifying their documents.

The emotional and psychological state of these maids is a real concern that all maid agents have to address.

Indonesian Embassy counsellor Sukmo Yuwono is right to say that the high turnover rate of maids in Singapore can be lowered by matching them with suitable employers ("More money, less hassle for agents of transfer maids"; last Tuesday).

A thorough and transparent job description (for example, having to care for elderly folk or babies) and the type of workplace should be communicated, both verbally and in writing, to maids seeking employment in Singapore.

Ada Chan Siew Foen (Ms)

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