16 Aug '11, 9am

Maids here are happy, survey says, but survey really didn’t discover that #singapore

Maids here are happy, survey says, but survey really didn’t discover that #singapore

The Straits Times’ headline read: “Most maids here are happy”, citing a survey conducted by the Ministry of Manpower last year. Common sense will tell us there must surely be a grain of truth in it. We have 200,000 domestic workers here, and generally speaking, if they were all that unhappy, they would have long found ways to work elsewhere. And yet, if one looks closely, the survey is not worth very much. Specifically, we can’t tell from the survey if they really are happy. The questions that then follow are: 1. Why do we conduct surveys that look dishonest? 2. Why does the Straits Times not point out to readers that the conclusions so reached may be unreliable? To create a thinking society, we must first develop critical faculties, among which is that of always asking: How do we know what we think we know? By reporting surveys that are questionable as some kind of conclu...

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